Former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim said in an interview that was posted online by the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper on February 26, 2022 that Qatar had many journalists "in different countries" on its payroll. He explained that some even received a monthly salary from Qatar and that some of them became MPs in their countries. He added that most Arab countries were doing this.
Hamad Bin Jassim: "We had journalists on our payroll."
Interviewer: "What do you mean?"
Bin Jassim: "We would pay them. Some of them have become MPs now. Others have become patriots. I know them. We would pay [journalists] in many countries. We would pay them every year. Some of them received salaries. All the Arab countries were doing this. If not all, then most of them."