Friday, November 17, 2006

Al Jazeera speaks English

Al Jazeera, the Arabic news channel, has launched its English channel operating from Doha, Washington, London, and Kuala Lumpur!

I am excited because Al Jazeera is said to be a “new point of view”, that is said to “bridge the divide between civilizations”, it “thrives to provide all points of views”.

Following the events of September 11, all eyes were on Al Jazeera as it used the access it had developed in Afghanistan to interview Osama Bin Laden. It was the interview that neither CNN nor BBC could have ever got. Al Jazeera’s Arab perspective on events drew criticism from the West as inflammatory and sensational. During the start of Bushs bloody campaign, Al Jazeera was caught in between wild accusation from both sides. It quickly got the reputation of having links with “terror” groups.
This video on YouTube adds some perspective

I am looking forward to seeing a news channel that paints the picture of the other side of the coin. For years, CNN and BBC were the only news channels I could access. Sadly, their views have never been complete. Their audience forign, and their message strange.
Certainly I am not sure if Al Jazeera represents the “right” from CNN and BBC’s wrong. But I am certain, that I would have access to another side, which would keep global events in perspective.

I hope that Al Jazeera, does not follow suit of its western counterparts and engage in its own political agenda. Al Jazeera is well positioned in brining misconstrued Arab nations to the rest of the world. By broadcasting in English, an existing gap in communication has been isolated. My hope is Al Jazeera will bring the positive elements in Arab & European nations and America, that have been recently been dominated by negative elements lead by extremism, radicalism, and blatant racism.
Heres hoping, that their perspective will remain fresh and unbiased, though out!


Steph said...

I can't stress enough the importance of hearing views from the other perspective.

Exactly what had happened in the Vietnam war. Thousands of lives were affected because of the fact that the media was biased and covered only one side of the story.

astrorat said...

Dear Steph,

Yes, the world should not forget the arrogance of the then US Presidency. It is being repeated now. Its good to see news channels like Al Jazeera speak about these biases.