“Control is absolutely key to our coverage,” Arianna Huffington said last month as she launched Huffington Post Arabic, based in London and Istanbul. Well, judging by its initial output, it seems Arianna is struggling to control the Middle Eastern message.
One HuffPo Arabic author writes of the evils of selfies:
“[Selfies are] the diseases and the viruses of the Western world. I consider my article as an open letter to all the Islamic Ummah’s youth. It is a call to stop adopting such sick behaviors that come to destroy our traditions and the basics of human cultural identity.”
In another piece, the Egyptian government is critisised for allowing “a press conference for gays in the heart of Cairo”. And there was Guido thinking HuffPo were a bunch of wishy-washy liberals…
Alas not. HuffPo Arabic is being run by Wadah Khanfar, a former Al Jazeera journalist accused of “Islamist leanings“, and Anas Fouda, who has admitted he “became closer to the Muslim Brotherhood” when at university. Come back, Mehdi, all is forgiven!
UPDATE: Oh dear.