Skip to main content
Tags: Al-Jazeera | director | resigns | US | ties

Al-Jazeera Director Quits Amid Rumors of US Ties

By    |   Wednesday, 21 September 2011 05:02 PM EDT

The director of the Mideast media group Al-Jazeera has resigned amid revelations in documents that WikiLeaks released suggesting that Wadah Khanfar had close ties with the United States government, reports The New York Times.

A U.S. diplomatic cable revealed that the United States Defense Intelligence Agency had engaged in a three-way conversation with director Khanfar and the government of Qatar, which owns the network. The rumored results of the talks were that Al-Jazeera changed its coverage of the Iraq war to appease U.S. interests.

The cable shows that Khanfar was concerned about a written agreement between the network and the United States. It quotes Khanfar as saying that “the agreement was that it was a non-paper. As a news organization, we cannot sign agreements of this nature, and to have it here like this in writing is of concern to us.”

Khanfar confirms in the cable that he bowed to U.S. pressure in at least one instance when he deleted photos of wounded people in a hospital from a story on the network’s website.

In a resignation note on his Twitter account, the eight-year Al-Jazeera veteran said his goal at the network had been “to establish al-Jazeera as a global media leader,” which he claimed to have accomplished.

A member of the Qatari royal family has replaced Khanfar.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
The director of the Mideast media group Al-Jazeera has resigned amid revelations in documents that WikiLeaks released suggesting that Wadah Khanfar had close ties with the United States government, reports The New York Times. A U.S. diplomatic cable revealed that the...
Al-Jazeera,director,resigns,US,ties
219
2011-02-21
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 05:02 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved