Al-jazeera: The Story Of The Network That Is Rattling by Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar

By Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar

Al-Jazeera, the self reliant, all-Arab tv information community dependent in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab global within the occasions following September eleven, 2001. Arabic for "the island," Al-Jazeera has "scooped" the western media conglomerates again and again. With its unique entry to Osama Bin encumbered and participants of the Taliban, its attractiveness used to be burnished speedy via its publicity on CNN. through the 2003 conflict in Iraq, Al-Jazeera appeared to be in all places, reporting dramatic tales and photographs, at the same time it strived to keep up its independence as a global unfastened press information community. Al-Jazeera sheds mild at the history of the community: the way it operates, the courses it declares, its results on Arab audience, the reactions of the West and Arab states, the consequences for the way forward for information broadcasting within the center East, and its fight for a unfastened press and public opinion within the Arab international.

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S. initiative, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and British Prime Minister Tony Blair both sought interviews by Al-Jazeera. In each case, they were given the opportunity to make a case through an impartial medium to a receptive Arab public. As the so-called war on terrorism makes headlines worldwide, the hot story in political and media circles is not only the war on the ground; it is also Al-Jazeera, the first twenty-four-hour allnews network in the Arab world. An upstart satellite TV news network, in just a few years of existence Al-Jazeera has grabbed the world's attention, placing the tiny Gulf state of Qatar on the international map.

How has it changed the political landscape in the Middle East? How does Al-Jazeera maintain journalistic integrity in a region where covering the news objectively is nearly impossible? The tensions experienced by Sherif, Arab audiences, AlJazeera's advocates, and critics are part of the Arab peoples' experience of globalization, migration, and emigration. Al-Jazeera is a major stakeholder in such processes. 20 AL-JAZEERA Why is it that Arabs in Halifax, Cairo, Sydney, Toledo, and Amman cry together at the sight of a dead Palestinian boy?

As for their preferences, 64 percent said they prefer Al-Jazeera's talk shows; 29 percent said they like the news; and 7 percent said they like the correspondents' reports. Respondents were also queried about 48 AL-JAZEERA why they watched Al-Jazeera: 43 percent cited reporters' freedom to pose any question to their sources; 22 percent cited programs that tackle sensitive issues; and 14 percent pointed to the apparent lack of outside government pressure. The respondents in Jordan had somewhat different responses: 60 percent said they support Al-Jazeera; 16 percent said they opposed it; and 24 percent said they had "reservations" about its programs.

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