UAE paid PR firm millions to brief UK journalists on Qatar

The report reveals that Abu Dhabi paid Quiller Consultants £60,000 ($93,000) per month for six years to, among other things, brief leading British journalists who launched an extraordinary campaign accusing Qatar of funding terrorism.

The PR firm also lobbied the British government to hold a review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and, separately, briefed an influential journalist to target the author of this article, who at the time had raised allegations of human rights abuse in the UAE.

Quiller Consultants was co-founded in 1998 by Lord Hill, a close associate of Prime Minister David Cameron, and the firm’s staff include former British officials and ex-national newspaper journalists.