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Khanfar: Much ado about nothing? 9 September 2007

Posted by foray in al-jazeera, qatar, خنفر.

Al-Jazeera Director General Wadah Khanfar has responded to the speculation about his “diminished” role at the station after its management reshuffle (previously discussed on this blog here, here and here).

Back in June, Khanfar added a comment to the personal blog of BBC Global News Director Richard Sambrook. It simply said:

You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the press. Apart from my cholesterol, everything is under control.

He then expanded on his comments in an interview with Variety magazine:

I know what has been written, but I can assure you that Al-Jazeera will remain the same. There has been no change in our editorial line or our editorial policy. As far as I’m concerned, I run Al-Jazeera and I’m in charge. Mr. Kholeifi is responsible for financial and administrative issues, not the editorial line of the channel. In my opinion, this separation between the executive management and senior journalists is healthy.



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