A Channel 4 documentary about Shebabs is controversial

An unique report from Britain’s Channel 4 has angered Somali residents, to the extent that the media regulator has obtained round 100 complaints demanding that it’s eliminated. It was an unprecedented dive into the jihadist motion Shebabs and an interview with one among its leaders.

Inside Al-Shabaab is written by British-Somali reporter Jamal Osman, a well known investigative journalist and creator of a number of award-winning documentaries. It exhibits 13 minutes within the de facto capital of the Sheba, Jilib, their troops, life below their administration. He additionally talks about their army chief, Ahmad Karate, whose head is priced at six million {dollars} by the United States, who solutions the journalist’s questions with out complacency.

But whereas the Mogadishu authorities has didn’t reply, 250 Somalis have up to now signed a petition urging Channel 4 to withdraw the report. They blame the journalist for portraying the jihadists in a constructive and deceptive gentle. In response to an issue from RFI, the British media regulator Ofcom additionally reveals that 110 complaints have been obtained on this program.

Of course, there isn’t any mass mobilization, however the British and Somali press had been nonetheless touched by it. As for Channel 4, she supported in a press launch her journalist, creator of a piece based on her “solid and stimulating” the place the Shebab leaders “were held accountable”. This, based on the channel, is “important and impartial journalism in the public interest”.

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