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Jordanian TV rejects German station’s accusation that it is anti-Israel

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)

A Jordanian broadcaster rejects accusations that it published antisemitic content — which led a German broadcaster to suspend a decade-long cooperation agreement.

Amman-based Roya TV says in a statement that it “regrets the declared decision” of international German broadcaster Deutsche Welle to suspend the partnership. It adds that the Arab media group is the target of “a hostile campaign” from parties it did not name.

On Sunday, Deutsche Welle said anti-Israeli and antisemitic content and caricatures distributed by the popular Jordanian channel’s social media platforms were “definitely not consistent with the values of DW,” forcing the German company “to re-evaluate the cooperation.”

“We are truly sorry that we did not notice these disgusting images,” said Guido Baumhauer, a senior executive with Deutsche Welle.

In today’s statement, Fares Sayegh, Roya’s chief executive, stresses that the “criticism of illegal, inhumane or racist actions by Israel as a state” should be differentiated from antisemitism.

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