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Al Jazeera lays off another 500

Arab-language news channel Al-Jazeera is to let go 500 staff. Staff at its various news bureaux will be affected as well as “most” from its Qatar headquarters.

The losses come on top of other major cut-backs at Al-Jazeera America channel, which is due to close on April 30th.

Acting director general Mostefa Souag admitted that the decision was “difficult” but the group was “confident it is the right step”.

Al-Jazeera has about 70 news bureau around the world but has a major presence in Washington and London.

A statement from Al-Jazeera described the decision as “a workforce optimisation initiative” in response to “the ongoing transformation of the media landscape”.

Souag added: “While our decision is consistent with those being made across the media industry worldwide, it was difficult to make nonetheless.

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