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Change at the top: al-Jazeera network board of directors reshuffled 21 May 2007

Posted by foray in al-jazeera, qatar.

Qatar’s Deputy Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, reshuffled the seven-member al-Jazeera network board of directors, according to a Qatar News Agency dispatch on 15 May. The new appointments are to last for three years.

  • Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani, a member of Qatar’s royal family, will continue to hold the position of Chairman.
  • Ahmad Abdullah al-Kholeifi takes up the position of Deputy Chairman and General Manager

(Wadah Khanfar, and the title he once owned – Director General – appear to have been scrapped from the board)

Other members of the board are:

  • Hamad Abdulaziz al-Kuwari (Former Qatari information minister)
  • Abdullah Mubarak al-Kholeifi (continues)
  • Mahmoud Shamam (continues)
  • Abdul Aziz Ibrahim al Mahmoud
  • Mariam Rashed Yousuf al-Khater

So what does it all mean? Leave a comment.

Chatter from the web:

A thinly-sourced article in Echorouk Al Yaoumi sees an opportunity for al-Jazeera’s Algerian presenter Khadija Ben Guenna to take over the top spot at the channel, although she reportedly does not want the position.

Danny Schechter says:

There has just been a worrisome recent development at the one media outlet in the world known for its independence, Al Jazeera, where a new board has been named with a gutsy independent journalist replaced as managing director by a former Ambassador to Washington. You just know what that will result in — Foxera, was the formulation coined by one reader.



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