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AL JAZEERA ENGLISH STAFF UPSET OVER INTERFERENCE BY QATAR

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Al-Jazeera English, the English-language unit of the Qatar-based Arab news channel, was forced to re-edit a report about the UN debate on Syria so that it would lead off with remarks made by Qatar’s emir to the General Assembly, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Monday). The original report, the newspaper said, had featured President Obama’s speech, but following instructions from Salah Negm, the channel’s news director, Obama was relegated to the end of the report and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was moved to the beginning. In reporting on the editorial intervention, the Guardian observed that it had “left a bitter taste among staff” of the news channel, who had long boasted of their independence from the Qatari ownership.