Deutsche Welle suspends cooperation with Jordanian broadcaster

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BERLIN (AP) – German international television station Deutsche Welle on Sunday announced it was suspending cooperation with Jordanian partner Roya TV over concerns over anti-Israel and anti-Semitic content and cartoons on its social media .

Deutsche Welle said it has partnered with Roya TV because the broadcaster addresses issues such as gender equality, minority rights in Jordan and promoting media literacy for young people.

But Guido Baumhauer, a senior executive at the German company, said he will have to re-evaluate the cooperation because “several pieces of content released through the broadcaster’s social media channels are certainly not consistent with DW’s values.” He added in a statement: “We are so sorry that we did not notice these disgusting images.”

The company said it “vehemently” distances itself from such content and “regrets its initial assessment that Roya TV is not anti-Israel.”

There was no immediate comment from Roya TV officials.

The German public broadcaster’s partnership agreements require Deutsche Welle to provide journalistic content.

Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994 and maintain close security ties. However, diplomatic relations have been strained in recent years due to tensions in the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem and Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Deutsche Welle said in a separate case on Friday that it was suspending four employees and a freelance writer during an investigation into allegations they expressed anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views.

The German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung had cited comments on social media allegedly made by members of DW’s Arab service, some of whom appeared to downplay the Holocaust or perpetuate anti-Jewish stereotypes.

DW said he called for an independent external investigation. The investigation will be led by former German Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and psychologist Ahmad Mansour.


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