The Listening Post

Al Jazeera and the Arab awakening

Wadah Khanfar, Al Jazeera’s director general, talks to Listening Post about the network’s coverage of the revolutions.

The Arab revolutions, the emerging new media ecosystem and Al Jazeera in North America. On this week’s show we feature an interview with Al Jazeera’s director general, Wadah Khanfar.

Al Jazeera’s coverage of the Arab revolutions has, at times, prompted embattled leaders in the region to accuse the network of fuelling the protests. The man who has to respond to this criticism is Wadah Khanfar, the director general who is in charge of both the Arabic and English channels. Listening Post sat down with Khanfar in Washington recently. We spoke about the network’s coverage of the Arab revolutions, the new ecosystem developing between journalists and social media activists and the efforts to crack the American news market.

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