DOHA ― Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera is combating a large-scale cyber attack but all its entities remained operational, a company source told Reuters on Thursday.
“There were attempts made on the cyber security of Al Jazeera but we are combating them and currently all our entities are operational,” said a senior employee who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states over alleged ties to terrorism, a row which is endangering stability in the region.
The broadcasting network’s acting director-general, Mostefa Souag, said it will maintain its editorial independence despite a regional diplomatic crisis that has isolated the small Gulf Arab state, the Doha-based broadcasting network’s acting director-general said on Thursday.
Souag dismissed accusations by some Arab powers that Al Jazeera is interfering in their affairs through its reports and defended the network’s professionalism.
“All this talk about Jazeera interfering in other countries’ affairs is nonsense. We don’t interfere in anybody’s business, we just report,” he told Reuters in his office at the network’s headquarters in Qatar’s capital.
“If we bring (in) guests who are opposing certain governments, does that mean we are interfering in the countries’ business? No. Al Jazeera’s editorial policy is going to continue the same regardless of what happens with this event.”
The state-funded television network is at the center of the dispute in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links on Monday with Qatar, which supplies natural gas to world markets.