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Al Jazeera Cancels Broadcasts of Bahrain Documentary

Bahraini protesters in June. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Al Jazeera has decided to cancel a number of rebroadcasts of a documentary, Shouting in the Dark, about the Bahraini government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in February and March. Last Thursday’s debut of the doc was met with complaints from the Bahraini and Saudi governments, fueling talk of the network’s bias in favor of those that the Qatari government shares diplomatic relations. The emir of Qatar finances the network.

After The New York Times began asking about the documentary, a network spokesperson said it would rebroadcast it with a roundtable discussion. The documentary features secret footage captured during the protests. The government of Bahrain curbed media coverage of the uprisings . You can also watch the documentary on YouTube.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Bahraini government had hired Qorvis to help repair its reputation.

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