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Deutsche Welle suspends deal with Jordan broadcaster over anti-Israel content

The building of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany, July 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz, File)
The building of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany, July 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz, File)

German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle says it is suspending cooperation with a Jordanian partner, Roya TV, because of concerns about anti-Israeli and antisemitic content and caricatures on its social media.

Deutsche Welle says it had entered a partnership with Roya TV because the broadcaster addressed issues such as gender equality, the rights of minorities in Jordan and promoting young people’s media literacy.

But Guido Baumhauer, a senior executive with the German company, says it will have to reevaluate the cooperation because “several pieces of content disseminated via the broadcaster’s social media channels are definitely not consistent with the values of DW.”

He adds in a statement: “We are truly sorry that we did not notice these disgusting images.”

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

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