‘I AM NOT CHARLIE’: Leaked Newsroom Emails Reveal Al Jazeera Fury over Global Support for #CharlieHebdo

As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide email.

“Please accept this note in the spirit it is intended — to make our coverage the best it can be,” the London-based Khadr wrote Thursday, in the first of a series of internal emails leaked to National Review Online. “We are Al Jazeera!”

Below was a list of “suggestions” for how anchors and correspondents at the Qatar-based news outlet should cover Wednesday’s slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo office (the full emails can be found below).

Khadr urged his employees to ask if this was “really an attack on ‘free speech,’” discuss whether “I am Charlie” is an “alienating slogan,” caution viewers against “making this a free speech aka ‘European Values’ under attack binary [sic],” and portray the attack as “a clash of extremist fringes”…

“Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile,” Khadr wrote…

…Hours later, U.S.-based correspondent Tom Ackerman sent an email quoting a paragraph from a New York Times’ January 7 column by Ross Douthat. The op-ed argued that cartoons like the ones that drove the radical Islamists to murder must be published, “because the murderers cannot be allowed for a single moment to think that their strategy can succeed.”

That precipitated an angry backlash from the network’s Qatar-based correspondents, revealing in the process a deep cultural rift at a network once accused of overt anti-Western bias…

  • Brett_McS

    Send this to the CBC guy who interviewed Mark Steyn (steynonline.com) recently. He seemed to think it significant that he could find no imam that had [publicly, to the western media] celebrated the Charile Hebdo attack.

    • Clausewitz

      Sorry, the info would be interdicted by the CBC department of rationalization before it got to him.

  • Alain

    Never having watched nor shall I watch this network, I still must confess to being surprised that there is another network more openly biased against Western culture and values than the CBC. You learn something every day it seems.

    • Frau Katze

      They ARE based in Qatar, unlike CBC.

    • Destroyer-Drone

      Don’t worry, you’re not missing much. Al Jazeera is an awful channel that plays on all the classic guilt tricks for its (anti-)western based audience.

      • Pete_Brewster

        I tried watching it once. It resembled BBC World, only even duller.

    • David Murrell

      Maybe the CBC could re-hire ex-CBC News head Tony Burman. After he left the CBC, he became the head of Al Jezeera English. Not that the CBC needs Mr. Burman. CBC News does a good job promoting radical Islam on its won. It recently sided with the Charlie Hebdo terrorists, by refusing to publish any Hebdo cartoons, stating that to do so would “offend Muslims” . So the CBC truly is on the Islamists’ side.

  • simus1

    The English language service of al streetfilthia is a very pale imitation of the much more “robust” arab language product. Canadian leftists from the CBC and elsewhere had a big part in getting the EL division up and running – for big untaxed bucks.

  • LauraS

    Every single AJ English journalist should be grilled about this memo. Does it reflect their thinking? Do they support this twisted, regressive worldview? If not, how can they justify violating their journalistic and ethical principles by working at AJ? Seriously, hold these “journalists” to account.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    I’m hardly surprised…coming from a company owned by a country that bought important french assets and has been heavily investing in the islamisation of Europe (mosques, terrorism, islamic schools, etc…) for decades.

    That country, of course, is Qatar. Same goes for the other oil-rich Gulf states.

    • Pete_Brewster

      As long as Qatar covers Hollande’s bad cheques at 0.8 APR for 10 years Hollande will do what he’s told. Rest assured that does not include taking out the trash.

      Rest assured the Charlie killers (who may have been the Kouachi brothers, or might not) are safely in Doha by now.

  • winniec

    Al Jazeera is at war with free expression. They call free expression ‘European Values’. This please the Leftarded cultural Marxists who want to destroy European civilization.

    The Islamic world is at war with humanism. Islam is anti-humanistic.

    The Al Jazeera journalists evidently don’t get the point: there are no ‘sacred cows’ in humanism. Any time there is a sacred cow that may not be criticized, an authoritarian FASCIST political party is created that will exploit the sacred cow for their own emolument. That is the whole point of Islam.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Anybody surprised by this is too good for this world.

    Please note how nobody in the MSM points this out, never mind their eagerness to accuse mean old Pootpoot of making RT spread lies, alarm and despondency about Ukraine in particular and the Fourth Reich (including France) in general.

    I suspect the Charlie killers have spread far more alarm and despondency by now than RT ever could.

  • Stat Crux

    They are Muslim Brotherhood, banned in every Country they fostered a jihadist overthrow of the government. No point in listening to them. Like any exorcism, don’t engage with Evil.

  • Minicapt

    “…insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile,”
    This would surprise the Turk cabal.


  • As regards the argument put forward, this is the best cartoon I’ve seen – says it all: