Wadah Khanfar out as al-Jazeera Director-General 21 September 2011Posted by foray in al-jazeera, al-jazeera english, Khanfar, media, الجزيرة, خنفر.
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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? 🙂
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.
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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.
Blair denies Bush conversation on bombing al-Jazeera offices 16 December 2007Posted by foray in al-jazeera, al-jazeera english, al-jazeera memo, Blair, media, qatar, UK, US.
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Confronted for the first time publicly about a purported phone conversation with US president George Bush in 2004 concerning a plan to bomb al-Jazeera headquarters in Qatar, former British PM Tony Blair has denied it ever happened.
The question was put to Blair this week during an interview with al-Jazeera, which largely focused on his current role as special envoy to the Middle East for the Quartet.
AJE embraces Youtube 14 April 2007Posted by foray in al-jazeera, al-jazeera english, youtube.
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Al-Jazeera English has opened a “channel” on youtube.com, providing official video clips from its broadcasts. The longest clip is 20 minutes, presenting AJE’s new programme Political Bytes, a show attempting to link “people from different backgrounds and perspectives via the internet and creating an online global conversation”.
Unofficial al-Jazeera clips continue to run on youtube. A current favourite doing the rounds is Egyptian comedian Mohamed Sobhi imitating al-Jazeera’s various on-air presenters.