Al-Jazeera’s independence threatened

One of the major selling points of Al-Jazeera was that it was independent from government control and provided solid reporting.

The news organization is based in Qatar. Its editorial content has been untouched by the royal family running the small Gulf country.

Now, however, its independence is being threatened:

Al-Jazeera’s political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention

Journalists had produced a package of the UN debate, topped with excerpts of President Obama’s speech, last Tuesday when a last-minute instruction came from Salem Negm, the Qatar-based news director, who ordered the video to be re-edited to lead with the comments from Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Despite protests from staff that the emir’s comments – a repetition of previous calls for Arab intervention in Syria – were not the most important aspect of the UN debate, the two-minute video was re-edited and Obama’s speech was relegated to the end of the package.

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