The world’s worst-paid journalist says it is ‘a disgrace’ that he is being paid to work for Al Jazeera – and says he is ‘disappointed’ with the news channel.
Al Jazeera’s chief financial officer and a former British intelligence officer have been hired by Al Jazeera since January to help run the news organisation.
In the wake of the revelations, the British government announced that it would suspend the contracts.
Al-Jazeera says it has also agreed to pay a further $1m to a whistleblower who provided details of its financial arrangements to the British authorities.
But its chief financial and legal officer, Allan Richards, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that he would not be returning to the US.
He was in Dubai, a city he has called home for many years.
“I am really disappointed that I am not returning to London, I think it’s a disgrace,” he said.
“But I also feel that it is a chance to help the BBC, which has got a huge amount of problems, and I think I’m doing my job well.”‘
We are not in the business of being paid by the government’ ‘We are a British company, we are not a government company, and we do not take money from the government,’ Allan Richard said.
Al Jazeera says its payments to Mr Richards have been made under a long-term contract and it has agreed to make $5.5m of payments.
Mr Richard, who is currently based in the US, told the programme: “We are in a very different business than Al Jazeera, and Al Jashani is a British organisation.
Al Jazeera says it does not have to pay the BBC any fees for broadcast rights to the channel, and says it pays the BBC’s legal costs and the fees of its legal team, as well as other costs. “
So, in that context, we have to consider what we are doing, and that is to make sure that we are in compliance with our contractual obligations.”
Al Jazeera says it does not have to pay the BBC any fees for broadcast rights to the channel, and says it pays the BBC’s legal costs and the fees of its legal team, as well as other costs.
The broadcaster says that it does so because it is committed to fair and impartial journalism.
But it has not been without controversy.
In June last year, it was revealed that Mr Richarts had made a $2m payment to Al Jazeera for a BBC Radio 1 interview in 2015, and another $2.3m in 2016 for a separate BBC Radio 2 documentary.
The former spy, who also worked for MI6, also paid Al Jazeera $2,000 for a speech in 2012.
Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (Isil) have been described as Al Jazeera affiliates by Al Qaeda.
The channel has denied that it uses Al Jazeera to help it promote its agenda.
AlJazeera’s former chief financial adviser has also been fired over a payment to a journalist for a documentary he made.
BBC News reported that Peter Crouch made the payment for a film called ‘The Last Word’, in which he questioned Al Jazeera executives on how much it was actually costing to produce its programs.
AlNusra Front also says it employs journalists.
The US government has launched a review of its relationship with Al Jazeera after the network was named in a leak of sensitive intelligence documents.
The investigation into Al Jazeera and its news network, known as Stratfor, has been prompted by reports that US intelligence agencies have obtained confidential emails from a US intelligence contractor, Glenn Greenwald.
In response, US President Donald Trump said he was ‘totally opposed’ to the ‘unbelievable’ amount of money the media network is receiving.
Mr Greenwald, whose work has led to the publication of classified documents on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, said he would continue to publish the information.
This is a democracy, and if you don’t do it, you’re going to have to ask the Americans why you’re doing it.”