Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Former Al Jazeera employee sues network, alleging anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism

WaPo  "A former employee of Al Jazeera America has filed suit against the network for workplace retaliation, leveling a number of allegations that a manager engaged in discriminatory conduct toward women and made offensive remarks about Israel and the United States.

"Matthew Luke started at Al Jazeera America in 2013 in New York City, prior to the network’s U.S. launch, and served initially as its supervisor of media and archive management. In his early days on the job, notes the complaint, Luke was a happy employee, working closely with Jeff Polikoff, who now holds the title of acting executive vice president of operations & technology. “Luke worked diligently to assist AJAM to prepare for the launch of its U.S. news network in August of 2013, and, along with the team that he managed, was instrumental in making that launch a logistical suc[c]ess,” notes the lawsuit.

"A couple of months after the launch, AJAM hired Osman Mahmud as a news editor, the complaint states. Over time, Mahmud would rise through the ranks, ultimately securing the title of senior vice president of broadcast operations & technology — a position in which he supervised Luke. The complaint levels a whole sheath of claims in the direction of Mahmud:" . . .
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