George Galloway paid £80k for joining 'pro-Syria' TV channel

Bradford West MP presents fortnightly show for al-Mayadeen, allegedly funded by Syria and Iran

LAST UPDATED AT 14:49 ON Tue 28 Aug 2012

THE Respect MP George Galloway has joined an Arabic TV station that is allegedly funded by Iran and Syria. Galloway is set to earn almost £80,000 a year from his latest broadcasting venture, reports The Times.

Galloway, who once described President Assad's regime as "the last bastion of Arab dignity", has started presenting a fortnightly show, A Free Word, for the Beirut-based broadcaster al-Mayadeen.

According to the Register of Members’ Interests, Galloway will earn £3,000 an episode – or a yearly income of £78,000 - on top of his MP’s salary. The TV station will also cover the cost of regular trips to Lebanon to pre-record the programme.

Galloway, who represents Bradford West in the Commons, also presents a weekly slot on the Iranian state-owned media corporation Press TV but the job is currently unpaid.

Al-Mayadeen is "completely independent" according to station director Ghassan bin Jiddo. "We do not speak in the name of Iran or the Syrian regime," he says.

But since the channel’s launch in June, several critics have accused it of being pro-Syria and there has been speculation about its backers, with one local media analyst claiming it is funded by Iran as well as by a cousin of President Assad. Several station executives are said to have links with the Assad regime as well as the pro-Syrian Lebanese militia, Hezbollah.

Galloway has already used his show to denounce the motives of international powers who support the anti-Assad uprising. In one programme he described the West's leaders as modern Crusaders, saying: "I am with the Syrian people’s legitimate demands but I will never support the destruction of Syria. I will never support the invitation to the Crusaders to come back to Syria."

Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, told the Times Galloway should be held to account. "Firstly, what are the editorial policies of this channel and the agenda of its owners?" he asked. "Secondly, what is this Arabic channel expecting from Galloway and why, as a British MP, is he doing it? Are there many British voters watching?" · 

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Guess it would be OK if he was broadcasting on an Israeli
or US funded station.

You have to think why Muslim Brotherhood has called for a Jihad against Syria? From all the Arab countries, Syria was the only one that supported military and financially the Palestinian cause - beside the non-Arab Iran - and from all these dictators Muslim Brotherhood has picked the secular Syria to start a civil war?? Why? Why not Bahrain? Why not Saudi Arabia? There are increasing evidence that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting the Salafis Islamists to break the Shia axis of power (Iran,Syria, Lebanon) in middle east. The West is fully aware of the situation and meddles in. The Rebels got Stinger missiles from US bases in Turkey. The West and Wahabit Arabs (US puppets) are directly giving weapons to the crisis and cry tears in the media that someone has to stop the violence. The times of direct military involvement are over. Obama model started with Libya, and after Syria it would be Iran. Wake up!

G. Galloway... the only British politician with testes

You talk about MB, Bahrain, Saudi, Qatar, Iran, Lebanon, US, Turkey, Obama, and havent even mentioned the massive peaceful protest movement in Syria and the Assad regime's barbaric crackdown. Shame on you. As if Syrians are too stupid to want freedom.

Shame on Galloway

*cough*FOX*cough*

Well, I suppose if that's what you want to call slithering around the Middle East on your belly desperately trying to lick the jackboot of any passing dictator as long as they're anti-American, then yes, he has testes.

Not an entirely normal use of English, though.

The man is a traitor.

Lord HeeHaw

Galloway continues where he left off. Does he still work for the Iranian owned Press TV? Now hes got another gig with Iranian run Al-Mayadeen. Lets face facts hes day job as MP for Bradford West in my opinion does NOT include representing Decent people only the Jihadist supporting colonists. indeed Galloway is a traitor no worse but more obvious than the Labour left wing scum we had in power for 12 long years.

bradford aint gonna be happy! i use to rate this bloke on the palestinian issue but ever since he went onto big brother i know he was a slave to money! now he is getting paid by the murderous syrian regime to air his views to the western people we will not have it!

Lord Whore-Whore more like.

Is anyone surprised any more?

He's betrayed everything he's ever claimed to believe in, be that political, religious or other.

By using the term 'Crusaders' to describe the West, Galloway is talking directly to the aims and fears of Islamists. Something you seem to agree with.

What has he done wrong exactly? He works for a channel that some accuse of being pro Syrian or Iranian? If that's true of the channel then at worse he isn't he just doing the same as anyone doing a similar thing for Fox News? Who after all are notorious apologists for policies responsible for killing literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thousands of Americans and hundreds of Brits and for misleading the US and British people with what we now know was a pack of lies to justify the slaughter and the mis-spending of billions of dollars of tax payers money?

Moreover, this attack comes before we hear what he actually has to say on his allocated slot. His quote above shows no support of Assad whatsoever, it says he doesn't support the destruction of Syria by the US and allies as happened in Iraq such disasterous results but that he does support the Syrian people's demands. All of which in fact sounds quite reasonable to me. It's this pre judging mob mentality reaction with apparently no thought behind it which sounds unreasonable here.

Galloway's a wrong 'un, and in so many ways.

What
has he done wrong exactly? He works for a channel that some say is pro Syrian or Iranian? If that's true of the channel then at worse isn't he just doing the same as anyone doing a similar thing for Fox
News? Who after all, are notorious apologists for policies responsible
for killing literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thousands of
Americans and hundreds of Brits and for misleading the US and British
people with what we now know was a pack of lies to justify the slaughter
and the mis-spending of billions of dollars of tax payers money?

Moreover, this attack comes before we hear what Galloway actually has to
say on his allocated slot. His quote above shows no support of Assad
whatsoever, it says he doesn't support the destruction of Syria by the
US and allies - as happened in Iraq such disasterous results - but that he
does support the Syrian people's demands. All of which in sounds
quite reasonable to me. It's this pre-judging mob mentality reaction
with apparently no thought behind it at all which sounds unreasonable here.

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