From AlterNet in the USA:
Is Al Jazeera about to Become Al-Foxeera?
By Danny Schechter, MediaChannel.org.
Posted June 8, 2007.
Sources inside Al Jazeera who are in a position to know what is going on now confirm to MediaChannel.org that there is an internal struggle underway that may dilute Al Jazeera’s independence and steer it in a more pro-western, pro-US direction.
“There is already a change of tone and focus in the news,” a veteran insider reveals.
He blames the shift on a reorganization of the network’s governing structure a month ago that has put a former Ambassador from Qatar to the USA in a commanding position.
Al Jazeera broadcasts from a state of the art facility in Doha, the capital of Qatar, a wealthy independent state run by an Emir who has, until this point, remained close friends with the US while allowing Al Jazeera its independence. …
Washington and London were never happy with Al Jazeera’s political independence.
Its offices in Afghanistan and Iraq were bombed in the early days of the war, and more recently there have been reports that President Bush considered bombing Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, but was only stopped by a strong dissent by Britain’s Tony Blair.
Al Jazeera has been denied access by the British government to documents that would confirm this widely reported (and believed) story that has also been officially dismissed.
“You don’t need to bomb Al Jazeera to change its direction,” said my source.
“There is a softer way to influence its direction by taking it over from within and it can happen quietly almost as if in slow motion.”
See also here.
Murdoch and Blair: here.