"... I did have close relatives who fled wars and who lived in Mogadishu during the US intervention, and went through that appalling experience, and who have been asylum-seekers. It's not something that even many of my colleagues in the BBC knew about. They just saw Rageh, a very privileged bloke. But it has been very important to the way I've approached the world and has made me who I am. It has perhaps given me a different perspective to many other colleagues who have not had relatives who have gone through the experiences we are reporting on every day." From the interview with 'The independent'
Omaar has no regrets after walking out on the BBC. In an interview with The Independent a British newspaper, Omaar perceives western news organisations are perpetrating a “fraud” on their viewers with their misleading coverage of the war in
On Al Jazeera Omaar believes that the reputation bestowed upon Al Jazeera is unfair because it has dared to "throw political and cultural hand-grenades" into an Arab world formerly used to the censored reports of state broadcasters. For example when the storm over the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib was at its height, Al Jazeera dared to point out that conditions in regular Arab jails were appalling too.
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