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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:55 GMT

Qatar Whitewashes Records Ahead of Emir’s Visit to US


7Dnews London

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 14:04 GMT

Just days ahead of the Emir of Qatar’s visit to Washington on July 9th, the Qatar government decided to improve its damaged image in the US by showering several media companies there with bucketloads of public relations money.

According to US digital news site Mediaite, Doha is paying big money to news platforms, including the influential Politico Playbook, to deliver government-sponsored messages that aim to improve Qatar’s image.

Mediaite highlighted Qatar’s claims in the sponsored Playbook article that it has a strong record of counter-terrorism efforts, despite Qatari money continuing to flow to terror groups from within its borders, according to US official documents.

Mediaite also cautioned all US news sites not to take money to air the defence of “a national government accused of being a state-sponsor of terrorism.”

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