Al Jazeera chief: No interference from Qatari government

Al Jazeera Media Network's acting director general, Mostefa Souag, says it is "completely independent" of the Qatari government and doing "courageous" work in a difficult region.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Souag told BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur that government officials had never spoken to him about what should be put on screen.

The Qatari-funded broadcaster has found itself in the middle of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar, and Saudi Arabia and its allies - Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

Those nations have accused the broadcaster of fostering extremism and called for it to be shut down, a charge the broadcaster denies.

The Arabic-language news channel launched in 1996, with Qatar's emir pledging to let journalists "report the news as they see it".

An English-language channel was set up in 2006, which has won many awards and broadcasts to more than 100 countries.

You can see the interview in full on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

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