May 25, 2022

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NNAMDI KANU TRIAL: BEWARE OF AL JAZEERA’S DESTRUCTIVE DISINFORMATION AGENDA

Attention has been drawn to the destructive disinformation spread by Al Jazeera about the recent outcome of the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (MNK), the foremost freedom agitator for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that aired hours after a January 19th court appearance.

The Arab news station (channel 406 DStv Nigeria), on Thursday, began airing the following —

“Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu pleads guilty to terrorism and treason charges.”

— on its live broadcast news ticker to over 270 million viewers, when in reality, MNK had pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all fifteen count charges of alleged treasonable felony and terrorism by the Nigerian government. 

Al Jazeera’s act — intentional or not — is a grand reflection of its crass carelessness in reporting. A reckless attempt at reputation assassination and an expose into the bias-festered deceptive journalism, it peddles, which have lacerated the remains of its ethics-deficient news coverage.

It would also be recalled that the anti-Semitic media house in its silly YouTube coverage titled “Young Nigerians Renews Calls for Independence” subtly labelled the televised Biafra struggle of 1967 -1970 as ‘a coup.’ Its shoddy and skewered reportage downplayed the weaponization of hunger by the Nigerian government — a punishable war crime that killed three million Biafrans — as the obvious outcome of a mere lack of “agreement”.

The same report also debased the renewed IPOB struggle for freedom as a struggle for political power — a view terribly withdrawn from the reality of the average Biafran.

While Al Jazeera may have had a penchant for frolicking with disrespectful dictators, violent antisemites and terrorist enablers all over the world, it must desist from such cheap disinformation campaign when it comes to the issues that touch at the heart of Nigeria’s most marginalised.

Al Jazeera must also apologize for its destructive disinformation, and toe the line of objectivity that countless media houses have done regarding the Indigenous People of Biafra.

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