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Al-Jazeera, the independent, all-Arab television news network based in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab world in the events following September 11, 2001. Arabic for "the island," Al-Jazeera has "scooped" the western media conglomerates many times. With its exclusive access to Osama Bin Laden and members of the Taliban, its reputation was burnished quickly through its exposure on CNN. During the 2003 war in Iraq, Al-Jazeera seemed to be everywhere, reporting dramatic stories and images, even as it strived to maintain its independence as an international free press news network. Al-Jazeera sheds light on the background of the network: how it operates, the programs it broadcasts, its effects on Arab viewers, the reactions of the West and Arab states, the implications for the future of news broadcasting in the Middle East, and its struggle for a free press and public opinion in the Arab world.
|1||We Are What We Watch||1|
|2||A Major League Channel in a Minor League Country||21|
|3||The Battle for the Arab Mind||45|
|4||Big Voice, Tiny Country: Al-Jazeera in Qatar||71|
|5||Boxing Rings: Al-Jazeera's Talk Shows||91|
|6||Hero or Heretic? Al-Jazeera and Arab Governments||113|
|7||Al-Jazeera Scoops the World||143|
|8||Al-Jazeera and the West: The Love-Hate Relationship||175|
|Sources and References||225|
Posted February 17, 2006
The first published account of the station that is raising eyebrows worldwide is a sensitive look at a people's desire for freedom of expression. The first chapter is an amazing glimpse into the struggles of Arab and Muslim immigrants to define their identity through the lens of the media, in this case Al-Jazeera. I think the authors are suggesting that it is only through severe tribulations that Al-Jazeera has come to represent the aspirations of Arabs worldwide. A mature and reasoned assessment of Al-Jazeera's past, present and future. Hats off for a book that doesnt force an agenda down readers' throats.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.