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Wadah Khanfar out as al-Jazeera Director-General 21 September 2011

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Al-Jazeera director general Wadah Khanfar has told staff he is resigning from his position.

Qatari businessman Sheikh Ahmad bin Jassim bin Mohammad al-Thani will replace him, the broadcaster’s website says.

Khanfar publicised the announcement and has made further comments using his Twitter account:

After 8 years of service leading Al Jazeera, I have just announced that I am moving on.

ثماني سنوات في إدارة الجزيرة انقضت، لكن حبي للشبكة والعاملين فيها ولجمهورها الرائع يستمر معي ما حيت

Entertained by all the rumors of why I have resigned. #whatdoyouthink? 🙂


Khanfar: Much ado about nothing? 9 September 2007

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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.

News round-up: The Wadah Khanfar affair 26 June 2007

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Wadah Khanfar – who has been dropped from the al-Jazeera board of directors – remains in the position of ‘Director General of al-Jazeera’. That, at least, is the title the Qatari press continue to give him. Khanfar put in an appearance yesterday on behalf of the channel at a ceremony to underwrite closer cooperation with Qatar University.

Egyptian online daily al-Mesryoon claims there is discontent and confusion among al-Jazeera staff since the new General Manager Ahmad al-Kholeifi has assumed many of the responsibilities previously held by Khanfar. It says the management reshuffle has favoured the US-friendly ‘liberal’ faction at the channel. (Some commentators have identified three competing ideologies within al-Jazeera: the Arabist, Islamic and liberal factions)

Nuri Yalcin cites a former al-Jazeera employee saying: “There will definitely be policy changes: Fewer veiled women employees and fewer Bin Laden tapes, for example.”

The following is an article that appeared in the Jordanian weekly al-Majd from 4 June (The original Arabic article is here) as translated by BBC Monitoring: