Al Jazeera releases powerful exclusive footage of Palestinians fleeing Shujayea offensive

Documentary shows back story to what triggered Al Jazeera Correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh to break down in tears during live report.

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27 July, 2014: Al Jazeera English has broadcast a powerful documentary highlighting the terrifying moments Palestinian civilians flee during an Israeli ground offensive in the densely populated district of Shujayea, Gaza City.

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Al Jazeera Launches Innovation & Research Group

July 23, Doha – Al Jazeera is proud to announce the launch of its Innovation & Research Group, committed to exploring and creating concepts, products, and ideas at the intersection of media, technology, and popular culture.

Inspired by Al Jazeera’s heritage of innovation, the group aims to build a network of innovators in technology and media culture, set to grow through a series of conferences, local events, publications and community building platforms, including a planned Hackathon later this year. 

”Our vision is to provide an ecosystem for media-focused innovation and research, with the resources and networks to incubate ideas that will change the world,” says Dr. Yaser Bishr, Global Executive Director of Strategy and Development.

Alongside identifying and managing the incubation and development of great ideas from the community, the Innovation & Research Group will also function as the Research and Development (R&D) arm of the network. The team members will execute research projects into innovative areas including future media technologies, data visualization, storytelling techniques, and innovation in business. 

The group will be engaging with the online community via their new account on twitter twitter.com/aljazeeraIR and blog at medium.com/@aljazeeraIR

Israel shoots at Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau

Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza has come under fire. Al Jazeera correspondents have collected large bullets from around the building, with other nearby buildings left untouched. No one has been injured.

The attack comes after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s incendiary and threatening comments about Al Jazeera yesterday.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said:

“The foreign minister’s comments were a direct threat against us and appear to have been taken as a green light for the targeting of our journalists in Gaza. We hold the Israeli authorities fully responsible. They have put the lives of journalists in danger.

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Secret world of FBI informants exposed in Al Jazeera documentary

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Washington, D.C. — 20th July 2014

Shady characters recruited by the FBI to spy on Muslims in the United States are revealed in a new documentary. Informants, by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, premieres internationally today, Sunday, July 20.

The film explores the methods and motivations of FBI informants who are on the front line of the bureau’s counterterrorism activities. The informants profiled by Al Jazeera admit they spied for money, not for country.

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Qatar 2022 organiser tells Al Jazeera “the World Cup will take place in Qatar”

- Nasser Al Khater says Qatar has nothing to hide despite allegations of corruption during bidding process

- Says his committee is working with international organisations to improve labour laws

- Says World Cup 2022 will be a truly Middle Eastern affair

Doha – 15th July 2014

Nasser Al Khater, the Communications Director of the World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee, has told Al Jazeera that he’s confident “the World Cup will take place in Qatar.”

In his first interview since allegations of corruption during the World Cup bid in 2010, reports of migrant worker abuse in Qatar, and the constant debate on whether Qatar is fit to host the tournament, Al Khater spoke exclusively to Al Jazeera’s Lee Wellings in Brazil.

When asked about the FIFA ethics committee’s investigation into corruption during the bidding process for the right to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al Khater said his country will comply with the investigation but stressed Qatar has nothing to hide:

"First of all it is actually an investigation into the bidding process of 2018, 2022 World Cup, Qatar is part of that, Russia 2018 is part of that, the whole process is part of that, everybody involved is part of this investigation. So it is unfortunate that people single out Qatar every time they discuss it, which is absolutely not the case. We’ve been true to what we have said in the past, our statements that we always put up have held ourselves to the highest ethical standards stand from my heart. We believe in it, we are confident of it and we are confident of how we’ve behaved."

Al Khater quickly distanced the relationship between Qatar’s World Cup bid team and Mohammed Bin Hammam, the disgraced FIFA executive who himself is a Qatari and was recently accused with fresh allegations that he used a $5m slush fund to not only buy goodwill for his tilt at the Fifa presidency but to aid the 2022 bid. Al Khater denied any improper conduct from Qatar:

"Bin Hammam was an executive committee member like the rest of the 23 executive committee members that were present at the time. We had to engage with him, as we had to engage with everybody else. So definitely there was engagement with him. Was he part of our bid?  He was not part of our bid.  Did he represent us?  Not at all, we have to remember that we had to engage with him, we had to convince him and it is not secret that at the very beginning he was quite skeptical about a World Cup in Qatar. But then when he saw the merits he saw the merits in a compact World Cup, he saw the merits on what we can give back to the world of football, I think just like we convinced the others, he was convinced as well”.

Qatar’s World Cup preparations have been rocked by investigations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on the malpractices and the treatment of migrant workers, mostly from Nepal and India, who are considered to live and work in slave-like conditions. Al Khater said his committee are doing everything they can to make working conditions safe in Qatar as preparations are underway:

"I think people have to keep in mind Qatar, and the progress of Qatar, and the evolution of Qatar in the past thirty years, what Qatar has achieved, is what some western European countries have achieved in 150 years that includes laws as well. Labour laws are mashed within these laws, what happens in a country that progresses so quickly and population wise progresses so quickly. I have to say Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, we work with them, I find them fantastic, they are very collaborative, they are very constructive, they are critical when they have to be and we like working with them."

Prior to the 2014 World Cup, the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter said it may have been a mistake award the tournament to Qatar due to the intense summer months, where the temperature reaches up to 50 degrees Celsius.  The initial technical report into Qatar’s bid had clearly stated it was too hot, Blatter had further added that the tournament might be held in Qatar’s winter instead of summer instead. Al Khater said either way his country can host the World Cup in the summer months or winter.

"Let us be honest, we can host a World Cup in the summer. We are waiting on the task force to come back and make the recommendations and we are waiting for a decision that will be made by whether it is congress, the executive committee.  I don’t know we are waiting for that decision to be able to implement and go forward. Our plans won’t change, we are going to be ready to host the World Cup in 2022, whether is the winter or summer of 2022.”

 Al Khater reassured the world the 2022 World Cup will be a celebration and truly a Middle Eastern affair: “These two billion people are going to be from various cultures, various ethnicities, various, people from different parts of west Asia, the Middle East, north Africa and I think it is going to be rich and vibrant.  That will be the time when people are going to realise that they are mingling with people in the Middle East, celebrating the common language of football, which is going to be absolutely great. The Middle East had three attempts prior to ours, and this is just a continuation for us of trying an attempt to host the first World Cup in the Middle East and we’ve succeeded and therefore we stay committed to what we’ve said, that we want truly for this to be a World Cup that represents the Middle East, that people experience a Middle Eastern culture, not just the Qatari culture.

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The interview will be on Al Jazeera English on 16th June at 1045GMT

For more information and interview requests please email pressoffice@aljazeera.net

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Al Jazeera and BBC hold silent protest for jailed journalists in Egypt

24 hours on from the unjust verdict of our journalists in Egypt, both Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha and bureaus worldwide, as well as BBC headquarters in London held a silent protest in solidarity with our detained staff and in condemnation of the crackdown on journalism.

The video footage can be found below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wJMqrPm5xc

Egypt verdict “defies logic, sense, and any semblance of justice”

-“Not a shred of evidence” against journalists

-“We will continue with resolve until Peter, Baher and Mohammed are free”

Following today’s verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said:

“Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists.  “Guilty” of covering stories with great skill and integrity.  ”Guilty” of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.   

“Peter, Mohamed, and Baher and six of our other colleagues were sentenced despite the fact that not a shred of evidence was found to support the extraordinary and false charges against them.  At no point during the long drawn out “trial” did the absurd allegations stand up to scrutiny.  There were many moments during the hearings where in any other court of law, the trial would be thrown out.  There were numerous irregularities in addition to the lack of evidence to stand up the ill-conceived allegations.

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Former hostages call on Egypt to release Al Jazeera Staff

  • Terry Waite and BBC Journalist Alan Johnston speak out in support of detained Al Jazeera staff
  • Amnesty International pledges to continue campaign as ‘journalism is on trial’

Doha - 20th June: Former hostages Terry Waite and BBC correspondent Alan Johnston were joined by Amnesty’s International Egypt expert Nicholas Piachaud at the Frontline Club in London to call on Egypt to release Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy ahead of the announcement of the verdict on their case which is due on Monday 23 June.

Terry Waite who was held captive for over 1,700 days in Lebanon after attempting to negotiate the release of other prisoners in the 1980s said: “Egyptian authorities would do themselves a great credit if they release the Al Jazeera three, as this is a chance for Egypt to start a new future if it is going ‘to restore credibility.”

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Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Abdullah Elshamy is released


- Correspondent released after 10 months in detention

- Al Jazeera English three still detained with verdict due on June 23

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Abdullah Elshamy has been released by the Egyptian authorities after spending ten months in detention in an Egyptian prison.

Elshamy had been in detention since 14th August, 2013, as he was arrested during his coverage of the disperse of Rabia’a Aladaweya sit-in in Cairo. He had been detained without a charge for more than 10 months despite wide international and calls for his release.

Commenting on his release an Al Jazeera spokesperson for Al Jazeera said:

"This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration. Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over ten months. He’ll want to spend time with his family and recuperate. When he’s ready, we look forward to seeing him back in action, doing the vital job of journalism that he so clearly loves".

"We would like to thank all who supported Abdullah’s cause; millions on social media, international and humanitarian organisations, media outlets which covered the case professionally and public figures across the world who expressed their support to Abdullah on several levels, proving their strong belief in freedom of journalism and its role".

However Al Jazeera Media Network calls for the release of the Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy who are still behind bars. A verdict in their case is due on 23rd June.

Calls for the release of all Al Jazeera staff have been made from the White House, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Union. Similarly public calls of support for the #FreeAJStaff campaign have been made from prominent media personalities with over 60,000 people supporting the #FreeAJStaff campaign which has had over 1.2 billion impressions on Twitter. Various media freedom and human rights groups have also issued statements ranging from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute, Amnesty International and The Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa.

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 Abdullah Elshamy will be available for interview in few days. Please send bids to:pressoffice@aljazeera.net

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Abdullah Elshamy’s impending release - Al Jazeera comment

Commenting on the Egyptian prosecutor’s statement that Abdullah Elshamy will be released, a spokesman for Al Jazeera said:

"This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration. Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over ten months. He’ll want to spend time with his family and recuperate. When he’s ready, we look forward to seeing him back in action, doing the vital job of journalism that he so clearly loves."

Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy are still behind bars, and Al Jazeera continues to call for their freedom. A verdict in their case is due on 23rd June.

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