Last update - 17:00 07/08/2008
VIDEO / Al-Jazeera admits to 'unethical' behavior over Kuntar party
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
The Al Jazeera television station admitted Wednesday that its coverage of Israel's release of convicted Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar violated the station's own code of ethics. The admission came in response to a threat by Israel's Government Press Office to boycott the satellite channel unless it apologized.
In an official letter, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz, Al Jazeera's director general, Khanfar Wadah, wrote that "elements of the program" broadcast in Kuntar's honor on the night of Saturday, July 19, "violated [the station's] Code of Ethics," and he "regards these violations as very serious."
He also said he had ordered the channel's programming director to take steps to ensure that such an incident does not recur.
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