Qatari PM ‘would stop al-Jazeera for a year’: Wikileaks 29 November 2010Posted by foray in al-jazeera, al-jazeera english, Egypt, media, Mubarak, Palestinian Territories, qatar, US, الجزيرة.
Classified US diplomatic cable 10DOHA71, one of 251,287 memos released by Wikileaks on 28 November 2010, details a conversation between US Senator John Kerry and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad al-Thani in February 2010 in which the Qatari PM suggests his government would “would stop al-Jazeera for a year” if doing so would help deliver a lasting Middle East peace settlement.
The confidential dispatch from the US embassy in Qatar notes the Qatari PM (referred to as HBJ) declaring that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak falsely blames al-Jazeera for Egypt’s problems. Al-Thani then apparently tells of an offer he made to Mubarak to “stop al-Jazeera for a year”.
18. (C) Qatar is worried, said HBJ, about Egypt and its
people, who are increasingly impatient.
Mubarak, continued HBJ, says Al Jazeera is the source of Egypt’s problems. This is an excuse.
HBJ had told Mubarak “we would stop Al Jazeera for a year” if he agreed in that span of time to deliver a lasting settlement for the Palestinians.
Mubarak said nothing in response, according to HBJ.
It is unclear from the dispatch if the Qatari leader’s offer is serious and the document gives no further details on the proposal.
Both representatives of the Qatari government and the al-Jazeera network have in the past publicly said that the state does not interfere in the editorial matters of the news channel.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad al-Thani also serves as the current Qatari foreign minister, as well as holding the post of prime minister.