Al Jazeera News Director Abruptly Resigns

waddah khanfar

Al Jazeera replaced its top news director Tuesday with a member of the Qatari royal family after WikiLeaked cables implied he modified the pan-Arab news network coverage of the Iraq war under pressure of the United States. A cable dated October 2005 describes a meeting between Waddah Khanfar and an embassy official where they discuss Al Jazeera's coverage of the war, while speaking of an "agreement" he refused to record on paper, The New York Times reports. Khanfar also agreed to taking off several graphic photos from the Qatari-owned news network's website. Khanfar gave no explanation to his departure although he tweeted he was "Entertained by all the rumors of why I have resigned" and the he has be thinking of stepping down "for some time."

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