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Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the Westby Hugh Miles
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Financed by Qatar, one of the wealthiest countries in the world (Qatar has no income tax, and water, gas, and electricity are free), Al-Jazeera has quickly established itself as the premiere news channel in the Islamic world by covering events Arabs care about in a way they have never seen before. After spawning a host of new imitators like the upstart Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera now has plans to launch an English version of its controversial satellite news channel by the end of 2005. This time it is aimed not just at Arabs and Muslims, but at Americans. With unprecedented access to the channel's key players, reporters, producers, and financiers, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the full, behind-the-scenes story of Al-Jazeera's meteoric rise and how its influence is shaping the course of the Arab world.
With more than fifty million viewers, Al-Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world. Its also one of the most controversial. Now, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the true story behind the Arab worlds most influential outlet. Financed by one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Al-Jazeera quickly established itself as the premier news channel in the Islamic world by covering events Arabs cared about in ways they had never seen before. However, accusations of ties to Al-Qaeda continue to plague the news channel. Its journalists have been accused of spying for everyone from Mossad to Saddam Hussein, sometimes simultaneously, and a star Al-Jazeera reporter is still awaiting trial in Spain for being an active member and recruiter for a Spanish-based Al-Qaeda cell. With unprecedented access to the news channels key players, reporters, producers, and financiers, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the full, behind-the-scenes story of Al-Jazeeras meteoric rise and how its influence is shaping the course of the Arab world. Al-Jazeera us an eye-opening look at a television network that not only covers the news but also makes the news.
Al Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world--and one of the most controversial. A noted journalist speculates on the potentially dramatic effects of the network's new station on the Western world while uncovering the true story behind one of the most influential media outlets.
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