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Sami al Haj named news producer of ‘Liberties and Human Rights Affairs’ for Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera has named Sami al Haj, the journalist recently released from Guantanamo Bay after six years of detention, as news producer for the newly created 'Liberties and Human Rights Affairs' desk.

The creation of this position will further enhance Al Jazeera’s coverage of human rights issues, providing another avenue for the Network to put the concerns and suffering of real people back at the centre of the global news agenda.

In his new position, Sami will follow human rights and civil liberties issues closely, ensuring that they receive prominent coverage on Al Jazeera. Working closely with human rights groups and experts around the world, Sami will help produce features and documentaries that raise public awareness and educate people regarding human rights issues, from the international legal and political debates that take place in global centres of power to the acute suffering of those who have their rights violated.

Commenting on his new position, Sami al Haj stated, “I am thrilled to be working for Al Jazeera again and to be working on issues that matter so dearly to me. Obviously, the protection of human rights and civil liberties is extremely important, and I hope to use my new position as a vehicle to show the world that human rights abuses still occur all over the globe. Hopefully, through this work, Al Jazeera can play some role in helping people around the world who have suffered too long in silence.”

Commenting on the announcement, Wadah Khanfar, the Director General of the Al Jazeera Network stated, “We are pleased to have Sami back at work, performing a role that is very important to Al Jazeera. The Network has always strived to provide a voice to the voiceless and to tell the story of the weak and abused, and by creating this new position, we are further demonstrating this commitment. We hope that our work will help those who feel alone realize that they have friends and allies who care about their plight.”