Ambassador Nasser bin Hamad M. Al-Khalifa
Embassy of Qatar
2555 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037-1305
Dear Mr. Ambassador:
The web page of your embassy claims Al-Jazeera, the channel funded by your government, covers all viewpoints with “objectivity, integrity, and balance.” In fact, your first managing director was exposed as an agent of the Saddam Hussein regime, one of your reporters was convicted of being an al-Qaeda agent, and another is in the Guantanamo prison on terror charges. Most recently, your employees were arrested in Israel for aiding the Hezbollah terrorist group. A true friend of the U.S. would not fund a “news” operation that functions as a front of the terrorists. We ask that you immediately abandon plans to launch Al-Jazeera International in the U.S. We consider it a threat to our safety and security.