WikiLeaks revelations about Al-Jazeera cameraman’s detention in Guantanamo

first_img April 26, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 WikiLeaks revelations about Al-Jazeera cameraman’s detention in Guantanamo Help by sharing this information Organisation Newscenter_img A leaked US defence department cable released yesterday by WikiLeaks reveals that part of the US government’s motive for holding Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj for six years at its Guantanamo Bay prison camp was the information he could provide about his employer, the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera.Arrested by Pakistani security forces on the Afghan-Pakistani border in December 2001, Al-Haj was handed over to the US military a month later and was transferred to Guantanamo Bay on 13 June 2002 for alleged membership of Al-Qaeda and arms trafficking on behalf of terrorist groups. While the leaked US defence department cable, dated 4 April 2008, identifies Al-Haj as “high risk, likely to pose a threat to the US,” it also identifies him as “high intelligence value” and reveals that part of the US military’s reasons for wanting to continue holding him was to obtain more information about an Al-Jazeera interview with Osama Bin Laden and about Al-Jazeera’s “training programme, telecommunications equipment, and newsgathering operations.”Al-Haj staged several hunger strikes while held at Guantanamo and both his physical and mental health deteriorated considerably. The cable nonetheless insisted that he was in “overall good health.”According to his lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith (see interview), Al-Haj was tortured frequently, suffered intestinal problems and paranoia, and lost nearly 20 kg in weight (read article). Reporters Without Borders called repeatedly for his release, which finally took place on 1 May 2008, and for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. RSF_en last_img read more

Banks are our competition, but they’re also our best opportunity

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If, 100 years ago, you asked newspaper publishers why they were running a daily news organization, you would have probably heard about civic responsibility, leading the community, and shaping the thoughts and ideas of the influential and powerful. More than likely, they would have said they wanted to create the best paper in the world.Today, the answer is simpler: It’s about making as much money as possible. All other goals and objectives are secondary and need to serve the primary goal. In the past, profit helped the newspaper to achieve its goals. Today, the goal is to reach the profit goal.What if you asked a bank executive why their company exists? continue reading »last_img read more