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Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab…

Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging… (edition 2006)

by Hugh Miles

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"With more than fifty million viewers, Al Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world. And it's also one of the most controversial. Set up by the maverick Emir of Qatar, Al Jazeera ("the island") quickly became a household name after September 11 by delivering some of the biggest scoops in television history, including a notorious string of taped speeches from Osama bin Laden. Now, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the true story behind the Arab world's most influential media outlet." "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. Al Jazeera now has plans to launch an English version of its controversial satellite news channel in the first six months of 2005. This time it is aimed not just toward Arabs and Muslims, but Americans as well.".… (more)
Title:Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging the West
Authors:Hugh Miles
Info:Grove Press (2006), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:History, Read in 2009

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Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging the West by Hugh Miles



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An amazing book that covers Al-Jazaara from founding to 2003. The author clearly has lots of expertise and insight, while remaining remarkably impartial. Presents the case for and against Al-Jazeera as partisan. Very interesting to note that opposing sides in the Iraq war often had conflicting views on which side Al-Jazeera fell (Americans alleging radical Islamic bias, Iraqis saying American/Israeli bias). The best parts are the beginning (covers founding and influences) and end (covers how the media landscape has affected specific communities). Recommended for all looking to understand media better. ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
Hugh Miles, a Saudi-born British journalist, analyzes the twenty-four-hour Arab television news channel Al-Jazeera. Observing the Qatar agency, Miles concludes that "the story of this news network is, in fact, the story of the upheavals that have taken place in that troubles region in recent years." He discusses terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, and free speech.

This is written as you would expect of a journalist and not a novelist. A narrative of its history since its inception. I learned a lot from this report and enjoyed it, even though Miles bias can be seen in the book. But anyone reading this book had to know that before picking it up. There is no other way to get the access Miles did in order to write this. ( )
  mramos | Aug 23, 2007 |
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