New Delhi, March 3 — I am deeply sorry that this has happened and I apologise to all of you for the pain we have caused.
I want to thank you all for your support over the past three years, and to assure you that we will have an easy time of it and I am sure that our journalists will have some problems, too.
We are taking care of our colleagues.
And this is a very serious incident.
Al Jazeera has received the following statement from Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language editor in chief, Mohamed El-Erian, after the tweet was published: I apologise for any pain we’ve caused you all, and I want you to know that I am deeply saddened by this.
I have been shocked and saddened by the way this has been reported.
The tweet was written on Friday morning.
It was accompanied by a video of the newspaper’s owner, Al Jazeera International, showing the publication’s employees and other journalists being escorted out of the office.
This was not the first time Al Jazeera had tweeted this morning about a planned editorial meeting.
We had said that we would have a meeting at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 7, but this was an entirely different matter, and it took us two days to get there.
We also had an email that was sent out to employees on Friday, and they had said they would be there at the meeting.
I am very disappointed that this was reported this morning and that we have not heard anything from you.
But I want everyone to know, Aljazeera has a lot of readers and it is our job to report the news.
I sincerely hope this will not have a lasting effect on our business.