After 8 years of service leading Al Jazeera, I have just announced that I am...– — Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, tweeted his departure. Moment later, Moeed Ahmed, head of Al Jazeera’s New Media division, tweeted this: @moeed: The empty chair of the DG of Al Jazeera post resignation http://lockerz.com/s/140397513 Initial reaction online was...
WikiLeaks, Al Jazeera and the US government →
Among the 250,000 leaked US government documents WikiLeaks has published, some 30 cables originating from the US embassy in Doha are tagged “Al Jazeera”, and many more discuss the Qatar-based broadcaster, at least in part. The cables detail numerous meetings between US embassy representatives and the heads of Al Jazeera, discussing reports prepared by the United States Defense...
Doha News: Tell us what you really think about... →
Yesterday we asked if smoking shisha is considered taboo for women here, and ended up sparking a rather spirited discussion on Twitter about the practice and its cultural origins. Here’s the full conversation. To view a single-page version of the discussion, check it out on Storify.com. Tip: Click play for the slideshow to start, use the arrow buttons to scroll through the different...
Construction site catches fire, sends plume of... →
A construction site caught fire late this morning in the high-rise Dafna area, sending black plumes of acrid smoke into the Doha sky. The scene of the blaze was apparently a below-ground building foundation parking garage between Ezdan Towers and the incomplete Al Dareen residential tower. No injuries were immediately confirmed and traffic authorities responding to the fire said it...
New 'propaganda' campaign claims emir motorcade... →
Rumors surfaced yesterday afternoon that the motorcade of Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, had been attacked by a suicide bomber en route to his palace, leaving him wounded and eight aides dead. Needless to say, the assertions have proven anything but credible. The only news outlet that appears to have reported the alleged incident is Algerian newspaper Echorouk (stating...