Three CNN national security experts have previously undisclosed ties to Qatar.
The Qatari monarchy is considered by human rights organizations like Freedom House and the Democracy Index as authoritarian.
It has also supported radical Islamists and insurgents throughout the Middle East. (The Daily Caller)
CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem and frequent network guests Mehdi Hassan and Ali Soufan routinely comment on Israeli, Saudi or United Arab Emirates affairs without disclosing the fact that they have financial ties to Qatar, according to a new report from Conservative Review.
Kayyem, a full-time employee of the network, is a board member of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS). The ICSS is “70% funded by the Qatar government,” according to president Mohammed Hanzab in 2016.
The Guardian savaged the organization that same year for claiming to support “transparency” in international bids for sporting events while taking the majority of their funding from Qatar, who is accused of perpetuating severe human rights offenses in order to build venues for the events.
Kayyem attacked Conservative Review’s reporting on Tuesday, asserting that she has “never worked for Qatar government” and has “no Middle East clients.” She did not address the fact that she is on the board of a Qatari-funded organization, instead calling the report a “pathetic hit job.”
This is false. I have never worked for Qatar government. In fact, I have no Middle East clients. This is nothing more than a pathetic hit job to discredit me and distract from my very valid criticisms of the White House and its handling of the Saudis & #Khashoggi murder. @cnn https://t.co/vD7URbV8xX
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) April 3, 2019