Cory Bernardi calls on ABC to ditch Qatar-based Al Jazeera news

Cory Bernardi calls on ABC to ditch Qatar-based Al Jazeera news, by Emilie Ritchie.

Cory Bernadi

Conservatives have called on the ABC to reconsider its two hours a day of Al Jazeera content, labelling the Qatari-based news channel “Islamic propagandists”.

Cory Bernardi, who quit the Liberal Party to establish the Australian Conservatives, said the ABC should reconsider broadcasting Al Jazeera content, especially given the recent breakdown of diplomatic ties in the Middle East.

“Al Jazeera have been long-term propagandists for the Islamic world and the Qatari government have been linked to state sponsoring of extremist behaviour,” Senator Bernardi said. “Why our national broadcaster would feel it necessary to engage with those two bodies beggars belief.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil