I am struggling to understand the discrepancy between the democratic, secular and liberal worldview that is, implicitly or explicitly, presented in Al Jazeera English news coverage, and the actual domestic policy of Qatar, which is anything but democratic, secular or liberal.
I do understand that Al Jazeera English is supposed to be Qatar's "soft power", and that it targets international audience. A possible interpretation, for example, is that the Qatari authorities don't actually support democracy at all, and the support given by Al Jazeera to pro-democratic movements in the Middle East is solely meant as a means to support Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
However, why is Al Jazeera sympathetic or at least neutral towards LGBT issues? On the one hand, the view presented by Al Jazeera is much more liberal than the views presented by a lot of American/European conservative media. On the other hand, the domestic policy in Qatar is much more anti-LGBT than anywhere in Europe and the US. The world's strictest anti-LGBT laws are based on Islamic laws, so tolerance towards LGBT people doesn't seem to go well with the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood and other similar Islamist organisations supported by Qatar.
Of course, one could say that despite the clear links between the media group and the ruling family, Al Jazeera's position on LGBT issues is a matter of opinions of individual journalists, and is simply an expression of Qatar's freedom of the media. The problem with this explanation is that there is no freedom of the media in Qatar, even for English-language media outlets, such as Doha News.
To sum up, the Qatari authorities seem to be OK with their "soft power" media channel presenting a view of LGBT that contradicts the Qatari law, the mainstream interpretation of the Sharia law and values represented by Islamist groups supported by Qatar, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Why is that so?