Saudi scholar 'bans' US-backed channel

The US-financed Arabic television channel Alhurra is "forbidden" for Muslims, according to one leading Saudi scholar.

    Alhurra's website lists many top US officials awaiting TV fame

    In a fatwa published on Monday, Shaikh Ibrahim bin Nasir al-Kudhairi said the channel was haram (forbidden) and a source of corruption.

    A judge at the grand Islamic court in Riyadh, al-Kudhairi printed his religious ruling in al-Hayat newspaper.

    He claims Alhurra is intended to "fight Islam … and support American hegemony", branding the staff who worked at it as "agents in the pay of America".

    Alhurra

    While admitting he had never watched the channel extensively, the religious scholar said he had read enough about it to justify his ruling.

    "It seeks an Arab audience in order to weaken and control them" and wages "an intellectual war is currently being waged to rub out the Arab identity and Muslim religion".
      
    The Broadcasting Board of Governors' Middle East Committee supervises Alhurra which is financed by the US Congress.

    The channel was launched to improve the image of the United States in the Middle East.

    It also intends to rival popular Arabic-language stations such as Qatar's al-Jazeera and Dubai-based al-Arabiya.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.