Qatar-backed pro-Brotherhood paper to launch in London

Staunch Muslim Brotherhood supporter was named editor-in-chief

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The al-Jadeed newspaper is owned by London-based Fadaat Media Limited Company, although sources confirmed that the new publication will be financed by Qatar.

Fadaat Media Limited said that the publication is part of an integrated media project which hopes to enhance the Arabic media sector.

The company announced in a statement that Egyptian journalist and frequent Al Jazeera guest Wael Qandil, known for his criticism of the current military-backed government in Egypt and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, has been appointed as the editor-in-chief.

Amjad Nasser, a former editor of the London-based daily al-Quds al-Arabi, was named as the managing editor.

Al-Quds al-Arabi has been very supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its controversial former editor-in-chief Abdel Bari Atwan is a known critic of Egypt’s military-back rulers and a staunch supporter of ousted President Mursi.

Atwan ended his 24 years of career at the helm of the newspaper in July, in what the newspaper said was due to new Arab investor taking over the paper and requiring a change a change of management.

The newspaper did not mention where the investors are from but various reports suggested they are from Qatar, which is seeking to expand its media arm in Europe and the United States.

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