Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Scared Middle Eastern governments pressured Al Jazeera to back off and change coverage, says former director Wadah Khanfar.
According to journalism.co.uk, Wadah Khanfar told delegates that Al Jazeera came under increasing pressure from governments across the Middle East after civil unrest in Egypt.
He said that ''other countries feared that ''they would be next'' and that the Al Jazeera's coverage would help ''train people in their countries about how to revolt''. He said Al Jazeera had experienced pressure for the past 15 years but that it increased since last year.
He said the world needs ''journalist of depth'' and which is what Al Jazeera tries to provide. ''We are there because we have been asked to investigate ... we have to fight to keep journalism and investigating alive."