As long as everyone complains they are happy.
Within a few years of operations, the station was accused of being anti- Israeli, pro-Israeli, the stooge of bin Laden, the pawn of Qatar and on the payroll of the CIA. It is hated by Syria and Saudi Arabia, its offices were bombed twice by US forces and it has been vilified by almost everyone for displaying the gruesome images of war during its coverage of the invasion of Iraq. Yet, as Hugh Miles shows in this lively account, it was often the presence and courage of Al-Jazeera on the ground that corrected distortions of the news coming from embedded coalition journalists in Iraq.
Fox News, eager to detect a Shia rebellion against Saddam in the early days of the war, announced gleefully that "the Shiites have hit the fan". On hearing the rumour, British forces unleashed a full-scale artillery assault on Basra. Al-Jazeera was in Basra, showing the images of civilian death, with no trace of the alleged rebellion that had provoked it. But the Western criticism bothered him. They had been living in virtual darkness for decades, being spoon-fed information. But the West, obnoxiously, felt an Arab couldn't produce a professional news bulletin, which was really frustrating.
Now the station's journalists have been banned from Iraq by prime minister Iyad Allawi. At the critical time of Iraq's first democratic elections, Al-Jazeera will be barred from reporting the issues and debates it dared to cover - too controversially for some - during the Iraq war.
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The irony is that the corruptibility of the Arab world has been exploited for half a century by Western governments and interests. Middle Eastern dictators proved to be useful partners in the oil and arms deals they negotiated with the West. Democracy and the freedom of the press only became the major issue it is today when the Arab world bit back. Balancing bulletins in the desert Sat, Jan 22, , Twitter later reinstated the account Saturday, a move that comes after Arab nations have blocked websites and broadcasts by Doha-based Al-Jazeera.
Al Jazeera: The Most-Feared News Network
Saudi Arabia has been leading an effort to isolate Qatar, accusing the energy-rich Gulf state, and the Qatari-backed channel, of supporting violent Islamic groups across the Middle East. DOHA, Qatar AP — The Arabic news network Al-Jazeera has been thrust into the center of the story as Qatar came under virtual siege by its Gulf neighbors, pressuring it to shut down the channel that has infuriated them with its coverage for 20 years. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar this week over allegations it supports terrorism and, more specifically, that it uses Al-Jazeera as a mouthpiece to destabilize the region.
DOHA, Qatar AP — Arab states have no right to "blockade" Qatar, the country's top diplomat said Thursday, insisting the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation is based on "false and fabricated news. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani repeatedly denied that his country funded extremists and he rejected the idea of shutting down its Al-Jazeera satellite news network.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates AP — A top Emirati diplomat said Wednesday "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar over a growing diplomatic dispute about the energy-rich nation's alleged funding of terror groups, signaling Arab countries now isolating it have no plans to back down. The alleged hack and purported fake news exposed real tensions still lingering in the Gulf between Qatar and other nations over the small gas-rich country's support of Islamist groups.
The broadcaster issued a statement describing the allegations levied by Egypt's Interior Ministry against Mahmoud Hussein as containing "an alarming number of false facts and allegations. CAIRO AP — Egypt's state news agency says the state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of an Al-Jazeera TV news producer for "fabricating reports" on the country's internal situation with the aim of harming national security and sedition against the state.
No additional details were provided. Hamza Mohamed, a Somali-British journalist for Al-Jazeera's English service, and members of his crew were arrested upon their return from areas held by the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab.
Mohamed had been in Somalia for a week on a reporting assignment, Al-Jazeera said in a statement. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka AP — Police in the Maldives have raided the office of one of the country's leading news websites shortly after the broadcast of a television documentary that accused the country's president of corruption, money laundering and misrule.
Zaheena Rasheed, the editor of Maldives Independent who was interviewed in the documentary, said Thursday that her offices were raided by police who produced a court warrant over an alleged "conspiracy to topple the government. Oct 24, PDT. Does not ship to Germany See details.
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