Maram Salem says DW’s investigation over anti-Semitic allegations against her was not conducted impartially, calling the allegations “a scandal” and slamming DW’s “biased” coverage of Israeli policies.

A Palestinian journalist, who was fired by Germany’s international broadcaster for alleged anti-Semitic views, has strongly criticised the management for unfair treatment and censoring freedom of speech.

“I’m not anti-Semitic. I am someone who believes in freedom of speech,” Maram Salem said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Thursday, adding that criticism on Israeli policies does not amount to anti-Semitism.

Deutsche Welle announced earlier this week that it fired five journalists from DW’s Arabic service after its two-month investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism.

Salem dismissed allegations against her as “a scandal”, saying that she has always defended democratic principles, freedom of expression and religion, and human rights.