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Old Journalists Start On-Air Brawl on Jordanian TV, Destroy Poor Desk

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on May 8, 2014

Journalists Shaker Al-Johari and Mohammed Al-Jayousi appeared on a Jordanian talking heads show called Between Opposing Opinions, presented by Zuhair Al-Azza. This, apparently, is not the Jordanian Between Two Ferns.

Debating the crisis in Syria, things got heated. Then this happened:

ITV’s YouTube description is as follows: “TV footage shows the moment two guests taking part in a TV debate in Jordan became so angry with each other they wrecked the studio, live on air. It happened on the Jordanian television network, 7 Stars, between journalists Shaker Al-Johari and Mohammed Al-Jayousi over their differing opinions regarding the Syrian crisis. Mohammed Al-Jayousi seemingly provoked Al-Johari by accusing him of being ‘deviant’ and supporting the Syrian revolution. Al-Johari responded by accusing Al-Jayousi of supporting the Syrian regime in exchange for money, to which Al-Jayousi responded, “Shut up”. The men quickly start pushing the studio table at each other until the top breaks off, as the TV host struggles to hold the two apart. Whilst the table tug-of-war escalated pretty quickly, nobody seems to score a decisive victory. No action was taken against the two men.”

This is not the first time a fight has broken out over Syria on live Jordanian TV. And the last time it happened someone pulled a gun!

In 2012, a member of parliament named Mohammed Shawabka appeared on a political talk show to debate Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad, a political activist, when the subject came around to the recent uprising and crackdown in Syria. Insults began to fly: “You’re a Mossad agent!” Then: “You’re a big crook!” Then a shoe began to fly, as Shawabka took off his footwear and hurled it at his political opponent. When that wouldn’t do, he pulled out a gun.

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