By Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar

Al-Jazeera, the self sustaining, 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 repeatedly. With its unique entry to Osama Bin encumbered and contributors of the Taliban, its popularity was once burnished fast via its publicity on CNN. through the 2003 warfare in Iraq, Al-Jazeera looked to be all over, reporting dramatic tales and photographs, whilst it strived to take care of its independence as a world loose press information community. Al-Jazeera sheds gentle at the heritage 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 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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Both networks are located in Beirut. Many of these Arab satellite networks are offshoots of staterun TV networks. Many were set up purposely so that Arab governments could extend and exert influence beyond their national borders. They broadcast mostly official propaganda, and they spend more money on the technical side of broadcasting than on the quality of the programming. This is reflected in the content. The news programs in many of these networks broadcast "protocol" news, that is, items in government news bulletins about officials' activities, visits, and announcements.

Al-Jazeera is in a way the CNN of the war in Afghanistan. Yet the BBC still serves as the primary model for Al-Jazeera. Much of the network's objectives mirror its British forebear. C. bureau, "We [Al-Jazeera] follow the BBC model in that we are a public corporation that enjoys editorial independence. It used to be the case that Arab people used to prefer Western media over Arab media, thinking that you cannot have an independent media body in the Arab world that is free from government control.

All the others have appointed councils that advise the ruler, carry out investigations of government services, and conduct interrogations of cabinet members. Sheikh Hamad further distinguished the Qatari government when he announced that in addition to an elected council Qatar will have elected municipal officers. During a recent visit in 2001 to the United States, he promised that he will hold parliamentary elections in two years. Sheikh Hamad went one step farther when he announced an end to media censorship.

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