Facebook accused of censoring Palestinians under pretext of fighting hate speech

Middle East Eye (MEE) is a London-based online news outlet covering events in the Middle East. MEE describes itself as an “independently funded online news organization that was founded in April 2014”. It seeks to be the primary portal of Middle East news, and describes its target audience as “all those communities of readers living in and around the region that care deeply for its fate”.[1]

MEE is edited by David Hearst, a former chief foreign leader writer for the British daily, The Guardian.[2] MEE is owned by Middle East Eye Ltd, a UK company incorporated in 2013. According to the news editor, Dania Akkad, most of the content is written by freelancers that approach Middle East Eye. MEE favour articles that highlight local people and local stories.[3]

Jamal Khashoggi wrote for MEE prior to joining The Washington Post.[21][22]

According to a post on the MEE website, Khashoggi wrote for them over a period of two years. According to MEE, his op-eds were not credited to him at the time due to concerns for his safety because many of his articles for MEE are critical of Saudi Arabia and its policies, and Saudi Arabia’s rift with Qatar.[21] Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist was assassinated when he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on 2 October 2018. After initial denials, Saudi Arabia stated that he was killed by rogue assassins inside the consulate building with “premeditated intention”.[23]


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