Al Jazeera

Amid turmoil, Al Jazeera America names new CEO

Al Jazeera America on May 6 shook up its top ranks with a new chief executive, after a week of turmoil at the U.S. channel operated by the Qatar-owned news organization.

Named CEO was Al Anstey, who has been managing director at Al-Jazeera English and prior to that headed foreign news for the British network ITN and U.S.-based CBS.

Al-Jazeera journalists freed from Egypt prison: families

Two Al-Jazeera journalists were freed feb. 13 from an Egyptian prison pending retrial, their families said, after spending more than a year in jail in a case that provoked global uproar.
A Cairo court on Feb. 12 ordered the release of Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, who are facing retrial on charges of supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt frees Jazeera reporters pending retrial

An Egyptian court ordered the release of two jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday pending retrial, after they spent more than 400 days in prison in a case that sparked worldwide outrage.
Mohamed Fahmy, who is Canadian and whose family hoped he would be deported, must pay 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) bail.

Al-Jazeera journalist Greste says to fly home shortly

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said Feb. 3 he was due to leave Greek Cyprus shortly and fly home to Australia following his release from an Egyptian jail.
In his first posts on his official Twitter account after more than 400 days in jail, Greste thanked his supporters and said he would soon be heading to see his family in his native Australia.

Canadian FM, in Egypt, presses for journalist's release

Canadian foreign minister John Baird said he had a "fruitful" meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Thursday to seek the release of a Canadian journalist imprisoned with two Al-Jazeera colleagues.
But Baird played down expectations that his visit could see Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy freed imminently after more than a year in jail.