News anchor Emma Alberici is being praised by the Australian prime minister for her “feisty” interview with Wassim Doureihi, the Australian spokesperson for the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
During the fiery exchange on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Lateline,” Alberici gave Doureihi several chances to condemn the “tactics” bring used by the Islamic State, including beheadings of innocent journalists and aid workers.
After the guest was clearly avoiding the question, Alberici told him to “answer my question, please.” But he still wouldn’t address the simple question.
“I’ll explain to you why the question itself is quite disconcerting, because what we’re talking about is a particular reality where millions have lost their lives. Countries have been destroyed, homes...” Doureihi began.
“You are clearly obfuscating, and I did not invite you onto this program to do that,” Alberici interrupted. “Why will you not, point-blank, condemn the actions of IS fighters? Men that cut off the heads of innocent journalists and aid workers.”
“The question itself is offensive,” Doureihi said.
However, he then argued that he had already “answered the question quite directly” and repeated his previous claim that “millions have lost their lives directly as a consequence of the foreign policies of countries like Australia.”
“And you have made that point, and I allowed you to make that point,” the anchor responded. “Now I would just draw you back to my question.”
“And I’ll keep repeating the same point,” Doureihi added.
Watch part of the interview below:
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, global Islamic group that openly advocates for the reestablishment of a global Islamic Caliphate.
During a Thursday radio appearance, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised the journalist for pushing back against Doureihi.
"She's a feisty interviewer," he said. "Good on her for having a go and I think she spoke for our country last night."