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Is Al Jazeera America Biased Toward the Muslim Brotherhood?

In July, 22 Al Jazeera staffers in Egypt resigned and accused the network of forcing a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias in its reporting. I have no idea how true this is and since Al Jazeera America is only a day old, I have no idea of its coverage of Egypt is biased, but I did read this on their website today where they link pro-Morsi supporters directly to the attacks on Copts:

Egypt’s Christians under attack

Copts bear the brunt of violent backlash against military crackdown

On Aug. 14, as Cairo erupted in the worst mass killings of Egypt’s modern history, 150 miles south in the city of Minya, a man with a megaphone stepped out from Khodeiry Mosque and entered Palace Square, a few blocks from the governorate’s security headquarters.

Shouting into the microphone, witnesses said, he began to deliver a simple and chilling message: The bloodshed being unleashed on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi — who had been encamped in the capital’s Rabaa el-Adaweya square for six weeks — was the fault of Egypt’s Christian minority.

“Tawadros, you coward,” he said, referring to the pope of the Coptic Church, “call off your dogs from the square.”

Mina Nazmey, a 24-year-old Christian living on a nearby side street, watched apprehensively as a crowd grew. Beneath a banner bearing Morsi’s image, microbuses arrived and unloaded groups of men. By noon, the attacks began.

In the days-long wave of sectarian violence that followed — unprecedented in its scope and apparent coordination — mobs torched and ransacked Christian establishments across Egypt, claiming to be avenging state violence against Morsi supporters.

While the military-backed interim government has been keen to use the violence against Christians to discredit the Islamists with the West, Christians here say the attacks were foreseeable, that the state did little or nothing to protect them, and that there is little evidence anything will change.

You can read the entire piece here.

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