Wadah Khanfar is the former director general of the Al Jazeera Network. He began his career with the network in 1997, covering some of the world’s key political zones, including South Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was appointed the chief of the Baghdad bureau, and later as the network’s managing director. In 2006, he became Al Jazeera’s director general.
During Wadah’s 8-year tenure at the helm, the network transformed from a single channel into a media network including Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.
In this period, the Arab world witnessed historic transformation including Arab Awakening. Wadah, who resigned from the network in September 2011, has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 global thinkers of 2011 as well as one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’ of the year. He is a board member of the International Crisis Group and Global Editors Network (GEN).
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In the current political and social environment there is, has been, and will be much discussion about Islam and Muslims in the public sphere. Not all of this is accurate or based on correct information. Our primary aim at The Call Out is to do exactly that… to call out those instances of misinformation, inaccuracies and out right lies and deceptions about our community.
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