By Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar

Al-Jazeera, the self sufficient, all-Arab tv information community established in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab international within the occasions following September eleven, 2001. Arabic for "the island," Al-Jazeera has "scooped" the western media conglomerates again and again. With its particular entry to Osama Bin encumbered and individuals of the Taliban, its acceptance used to be burnished quick via its publicity on CNN. in the course of the 2003 conflict in Iraq, Al-Jazeera appeared to be all over the place, reporting dramatic tales and photographs, at the same time it strived to keep up its independence as a world loose press information community. Al-Jazeera sheds mild at the historical past of the community: the way it operates, the courses it pronounces, its results on Arab audience, the reactions of the West and Arab states, the results for the way forward for information broadcasting within the heart East, and its fight for a unfastened press and public opinion within the Arab international.

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S. public. From that point on, the once-anonymous Al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite TV news network, became a household name. With its exclusive broadcast of the first video footage of Osama bin Laden, Al-Jazeera had scooped the world. S. strikes against Afghanistan. Its monopoly 21 22 AL-JAZEERA on reporting from within Taliban-controlled Afghanistan must have been a source of envy for most Western TV stations. S. network has since dedicated some show, panel, forum, feature, or program to this remarkable phenomenon in Arab-based TV news.

But VOA's professional staff has long maintained that it will lose credibility and listeners unless it reports news that is balanced and objective. For this reason, in times of distress, most Arabs have sought national and international news from sources like BBC World Service Arabic Radio, Voice of America, and the French-based Radio Monte Carlo-Middle East. Those living in Kuwait for the few months of Iraqi occupation in 1990 huddled around radios to listen to BBC and VOA news reports when the Iraqi media disguised the Iraqi invasion as a supposed Kuwaiti military coup A MAJOR LEAGUE CHANNEL IN A MINOR LEAGUE COUNTRY 41 that overthrew a corrupt Kuwaiti monarchy.

Soon enough, with the rush of success, the aspirations of both groups clashed over the issue of editorial independence. One side held firm that the BBC violated cultural sensitivities; the other claimed nothing more than a series of journalistic scoops. Many of the details of this confrontation, which left both parties sour and at odds, are indistinct, but a winner soon emerged. And so it was that Al-Jazeera was unexpectedly conceived during this period. It became a reality when the founders of Al-Jazeera decided to recruit the majority of the BBC's disheartened Arabic TV service editorial staff.

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