Deutsche Welle suspends cooperation with Jordan broadcaster

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German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle says it is suspending cooperation with Jordanian partner Roya TV due to concerns about anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic content and caricatures on its social media.

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BERLIN – German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle said on Sunday it was suspending cooperation with Jordanian partner Roya TV because of concerns about anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic content and caricatures on its social media.

Deutsche Welle said it has partnered with Roya TV as the broadcaster addresses issues such as gender equality, the rights of minorities in Jordan and promoting young people’s media literacy.

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But Guido Baumhauer, a senior German company executive, said it would have to re-evaluate the collaboration because “many pieces of content broadcast through the broadcaster’s social media channels are certainly not in line with DW’s values.” They said in a statement: “We are truly sorry that we did not pay attention to these disgusting images.”

The company said it is “strongly” away from such content and “regrets its initial assessment that Roya TV is not anti-Israeli.”

There was no immediate comment from Roy TV officials.

The German public broadcaster’s partnership arrangement includes Deutsche Welle, which supplies journalistic materials.

Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994 and have close security ties. However, diplomatic relations have been strained in recent years over tensions at the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem and Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The German daily Suedetusche Zeitung reportedly cited social media comments made by members of DW’s Arabic service, including some that appeared to perpetuate Holocaust or anti-Semitic stereotypes.

DW said it has requested an independent external investigation. The investigation will be conducted by former German Justice Minister Sabine Leuthesser-Schrnenberger and psychologist Ahmed Mansour.

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