Story at a glance

  • On Sunday Adeel Raja tweeted, then deleted, “The world today needs a Hitler.”
  • Raja previously tweeted other support for Hitler.
  • CNN said the media organization will no longer work with Raja.

Adeel Raja is a freelance reporter based in Islamabad, Pakistan, and he has had a history of tweeting anti-Semitic content. 

On Sunday, conservative magazine The Washington Examiner pointed out that Raja tweeted, then deleted, “The world today needs a Hitler,” Mediaite reported.


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The incident was not isolated, as there are other examples of Raja expressing anti-Semitic views.

Raja praised Adlof Hitler during the FIFA World Cup, saying how much he wanted Germany’s victory to be a win against “the Jews.”

“The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!” Raja tweeted. "My support for Germany is due to what Hitler did with Jews!" Not long after, he tweeted, “Hail Hitler!”

When former Vice President Mike Pence tweeted “America stands with Israel,” Raja retweeted with the caption, “A history of creating terrorists and standing with them!”

On his Twitter bio, Raja stated that he was a “Freelance Contributor at CNN.” 

Since 2013, he has contributed to about 50 articles for CNN, with Jan. 16 being his latest post.

When he was exposed, however, the bio was altered.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic told Mediaite that “Adeel Raja has never been a CNN employee. As a freelancer, his reporting contributed to some newsgathering efforts from Islamabad. However, in light of these abhorrent statements, he will not be working with CNN again in any capacity.”


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Published on May 17, 2021