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TV discussion in Jordan about Syria conflict turns into brawl

The journalists, taking sides on the Syrian conflict, insulted and then assaulted each other.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   May 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM  |  Updated May 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM   |   Comments

AMMAN , Jordan, May 8 (UPI) -- A discussion about Syria between two journalists turned into a brawl involving a destroyed table on live television in Amman, Jordan.

After Zuhari al-Izza, host of the Bil-Etejahayn Show (The Two Ways), introduced Shaker al-Jawhari of the Electronic Media Association in Jordan and Mohammad Sharif, the pro-Syrian government editor of the news website Al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi, the insults and accusation began flying. So did the furniture, after Jawhari suggested his opponent "supports massacring people" and Sharif asked the host to "have him shut up."

As Zuhari struggled to keep his guests apart, Jawhari lifted the presenter's table, broke it in two and attempted to corner Sharif on the television set, as the production crew intervened to end the fight. It all was presented throughout Jordan on live television Tuesday.

It was not the first time an argument about Syria devolved into a brawl on live television in the Middle East. The most memorable occurred in Lebanon, when Future movement leader Mustapha Alloush took on Fayez Chukor, head of the Lebanon Baath Party.

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