Last Updated on May 16, 2021
Images of a now-deleted tweet purportedly tweeted by a journalist named Adeel Raja reveals Raja suggested that “the world today needs a Hitler”, likely in response to the ongoing unrest in Israel and Palestine. On his LinkedIn, Raja identifies himself as a freelance contributor for CNN, and has written dozens of articles for the far left website since 2015.
Raja’s LinkedIn profile reveals he has been a freelance contributor for CNN since 2013, and the first article he contributed appears to have been published on January 2, 2014. The CNN website suggests he contributed articles to CNN as recently as September 16, 2020, with several articles published throughout the spring and summer of that year.
This is CNN. pic.twitter.com/EP4A6ZdPh0
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) May 16, 2021
Raja’s LinkedIn profile also reveals that he is seemingly based in Pakistan, and has worked in news since at least 2007. He began by working for a company called DawnNews, based in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2007. After stints at Dunya TV, and Aaj TV, he began working as an executive producer at ARY News in 2014, apparently supplementing his freelance work at CNN, which he began just over a year before starting at ARY. On LinkedIn, he claims to be ‘A creative producer/director with experience in television, current affairs and live event. Extensive experience working with political talk shows.”
While some point out that Raja’s profile photos on LinkedIn and Twitter do not match due to Raja’s apparently recent decision to grow a beard, Raja has identified himself as a CNN journalist numerous times on his Twitter account. On September 30 of 2020, he entreated his followers to “check out” his story published “for CNN.” On June 1, 2020, he wrote, “I do report for [CNN International]”, and on January 11, 2018, he shared a story he wrote for CNN.
This is apparently not the first pro-Hitler tweet published by Raja. On June 12, 2014, Raja wrote, “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals is – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!” This tweet was published less than a year after he began working with CNN. The next day, Raja simply wrote, “Hail Hitler!”
The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals is – Hitler was a German and he did good with those jews!
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) July 12, 2014
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) July 13, 2014
Raja has repeatedly tweeted about the conflict between Israel and Palestine in recent days, culminating in the now deleted tweet suggesting the 21st century needs a genocidal dictator who conducts mass murder of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and other minority groups.
Glad they named Israeli Military and said the word target cause that is what has been happening with people of Palestine and the west their democracy ignores it totally https://t.co/oRZJ1ryAN3
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) May 15, 2021
What the Jews are doing in Palestine is similar to what Indian Hindus are doing in Occupied Kashmir. Same tactics
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) May 15, 2021
A history of creating terrorists and standing with them! https://t.co/U36Kl1DDKh
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) May 13, 2021
Their journalism ends when they have to mention Israeli terror. Same is with BBC! https://t.co/lQqD1wzH8r
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) May 9, 2021
National File contacted Raja via his personal website and attempted to ascertain if he published the viral tweet, and to ask why he deleted it. Raja did not immediately respond when National File asked if Raja believes that the world needs a modern version of the genocidal dictator who persecuted and systematically murdered Jews. National File also contacted CNN’s parent company to determine if they were aware of Raja’s statement, or if they would continue to work with Raja as a freelancer. National File did not receive an immediate response from either party.