France 24 responds to accusations of firing Arabic-speaking staff

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AMMAN France 24, the state-owned international news television network based in France, has responded to claims on social media that it fired its Arabic-speaking editorial staff, according to a local media outlet. اضافة اعلان

The network stressed its commitment to “fighting all forms of discrimination”. It also confirmed that an internal investigation is currently underway regarding four journalists from its Arabic-speaking editorial staff.

Suspended for ‘anti-Semitism’The four journalists were suspended after allegedly sharing content on their personal social media accounts, which were considered by the network as "anti-Semitic".

The code of ethics of France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, MCD) stipulates that its journalists, when publishing on blogs, forums, social networks, and any space dedicated to the public exchange of information, must ensure "respect for professional and ethical rules (...) and not violate the values of ethics, independence, and impartiality of the company (...)”.

Audits ongoingFrance 24 has assured that investigations and internal audits are ongoing, and the measures taken in this situation aim to protect the integrity of the work of the entire Arabic-speaking editorial staff of France 24.

Previously, several social media accounts claimed that France 24 had fired Palestinian journalist Laila Ouda, after she was accused of anti-Semitism for supporting the Palestinian cause.

Ouda is a Palestinian journalist, born in Bethlehem in 1970, with over 30 years of experience in journalism. She has a BA in English Literature from Russia and has worked for several TV stations.

She is also one of the prominent faces of France 24. In response to her suspension, many Palestinian journalists and supporters expressed solidarity with Ouda on their personal Twitter accounts.

An on the CAMERA website (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), taken up by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, recently implicated a journalist and three Arabic-language correspondents of France 24 regarding certain comments they allegedly posted on their personal pages on social networks.

In response, France 24 opened an audit on these alleged posts, as it communicated internally on March 10.

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