Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network declared in a statement on Wednesday it was exposed to a succession of cyberattacks to penetrate some of its platforms and websites between June 5 and 8, 2021.

Al Jazeera is a Qatari government-funded international Arabic news channel based in Doha, Qatar that is operated by the media conglomerate Al Jazeera Media Network. The channel is a flagship of the media conglomerate and hence, is the only single offering to carry the name as simply “Al Jazeera” in its branding.

Al Jazeera launched its first broadcast as an Arabic-language satellite channel from Doha in 1996. Since then, it has grown into a media network with multiple means of expression such as websites, channels, and other digital platforms in many languages.

These attacks, aimed at accessing, disrupting, and controlling some of the news platforms have been fended off.

Al Jazeera’s service provider was able to monitor and fend off all the hacking attacks and prevent them from achieving their goal.


In the statement, Qatar’s broadcaster declared that most of the cyberattacks occurred on the evening of June 6 before the screening of In the Grip of the Resistance, an episode of Al Jazeera Arabic’s ‘Ma Khafia Atham’ (What is Hidden is Greater) documentary series.

The documentary was presenting indirect negotiations between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which included a voice recording allegedly of an Israeli detained hostage in Gaza.

The Qatar-funded channel’s coverage of Middle East politics is considered provocative by a great number of people in the area and was one of the aspects that caused four Arab states to boycott Qatar four years ago.

Ahead of the embargo, Al Jazeera Media Network battled against an extensive cyberattack following the hacking of Qatar’s state news agency QNA.

Last January, Saudi Arabia, and its associates announced the end of the row in which the boycotting states incriminated Qatar of encouraging terrorism, an allegation it denies.

The Qatar-based network censures these cyberattacks and affirms its right to go after legal recourse against the criminals. They stated these attacks only increase “Al Jazeera’s resolve to continue its bold and exemplary journalism.”

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