Qatar rejects Gaddafi’s criticism of Al Jazeera

February 24, 2011

Doha has sharply rejected Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s criticism of Qatar and Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel.

On Tuesday, an enraged Gaddafi named Al Jazeera in his speech as one of the channels that were ‘turning and twisting facts’ about what was going on in his country.

However, Shaikh Hamad bin Jasem Bin Jabr Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, said that the media in his country was free.

“We have a free press and we pursue a policy of non-interference in the media,” he told reporters in Doha on Wednesday. “Qatar is extremely pained by what is going on in Libya. We are with its people who are suffering. Qatar’s stand is clear and it should not be taken as interfering in its internal affairs,” he said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

Shaikh Hamad said that Qatar was monitoring the events in Libya with deep concern and hoped that the standoff will soon end. “Libya is an important country and is of concern to everybody. We do not seek to isolate it,” he said.

“Qatar has not committed any crime by standing with the Libyan people, supporting them and rejecting violence by the Libyan government,” he said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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