Since its inception a decade ago, the Qatar based Al-Jazeera's Arabic network has created a niche for itself. In the process, it has invited the wrath of Western as well as Islamic governments. The Bush administration tried, without success, to persuade the Qatari government to rein in Al-Jazeera. Then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called it 'vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable.' Some governments, which are not very fond of press freedom, have from time to time prohibited its correspondents from operating within their countries. It is still banned in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Biased or not, Al-Jazeera has definitely made a dent in the American dominance of global information dissemination, at least in certain parts of the world. Now, with its new English language network, it has the potential to be a bridge between Western and Middle Eastern world views. Bowing to this reality, countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Italy and even Israel have made the channel available for their citizens. Sadly, the United States is one of the few democracies in the world where Al-Jazeera will not be seen...

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Do you think Al-Jazeera`s plans to broadcast in America should be stopped?
Since its inception a decade ago, the Qatar based Al-Jazeera`s Arabic network has created a niche for itself. In the process, it has invited the wrath of Western as well as Islamic governments. The Bush administration tried, without success, to persuade the Qatari government to rein in Al-Jazeera. Then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called it `vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable.` Some governments, which are not very fond of press freedom, have from time to time prohibited its correspondents from operating within their countries. It is still banned in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Biased or not, Al-Jazeera has definitely made a dent in the American dominance of global information dissemination, at least in certain parts of the world. Now, with its new English language network, it has the potential to be a bridge between Western and Middle Eastern world views. Bowing to this reality, countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Italy and even Israel have made the channel available for their citizens. Sadly, the United States is one of the few democracies in the world where Al-Jazeera will not be seen...

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15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 12/13/06 - 2:12:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 12/13/06 - 2:23:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely not.

The US is (supposedly) the land of the free. If people want to tune in to Al-Jazeera, let them.

People can choose for themselves.

Besides, western governments can (and have) used Al-Jazeera to send their message to the middle-east.

15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 11:28:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
This "is" a free country, but that's not for me to decide.
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/15/06 - 1:03:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Aw what's the matter, is the government afraid?
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/15/06 - 7:35:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Free speech?
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/22/06 - 11:28:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I want to hear their point of view.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 12/28/06 - 9:28:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Al Jazeera is no more biased than much of the western media.

There's absolutely no reason to ban it.

Would be good to have a different perspective on things.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 12/28/06 - 9:31:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I believe that this is a freedom of speech issue.

That seems to sacred in the USA... apart from when people bump their own questions by putting a link as the first post.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 12/28/06 - 9:33:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
An unrelated link at that.

What has the BBC in Israel got to do with AlJazeera in the USA?

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 8:03:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Al-Jazeera's website is packed full of really interesting and well reported stories. I would definately prefer to see that as opposed to the biased, one sided, opinionated crap that is being force fed to us all when we watch the news on television.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/23/07 - 8:51:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, they shouldn't. I think it should be broadcasted there so people can see the news from a different prespective.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/16/07 - 7:34:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, I'm shocked so many people said yes... at least I'd like to be. Al-Jazeera isn't anymore biased than your American news shows. Oh wait, but it is evil because it is run by Arabs!
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/20/07 - 2:02:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am an arab, and when I watch Al-Jazeera, I don't see it as biased, at least not more than western news, and the long speeches made by the guys with the big beards, (dunno an english name for em) they are like the arab KKK, noone really likes them or listens to them.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/20/07 - 5:06:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Surely in a free democracy every viewpoint available should have a right to be available
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 4:17:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
people have the right to watch whatever tv they want.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 8:35:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just nuke them. That'll stop them.



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