Article: Al Jazeera Put Qatar on the Map

Article: Al Jazeera Put Qatar on the Map

The American news website Stratford said that Al Jazeera News Network has changed the rules of traditional Arab journalism with its motto "the opinion ... and the other opinion”.
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The American news website Stratford said that Al Jazeera News Network has changed the rules of traditional Arab journalism with its motto "the opinion ... and the other opinion”, and brought outsize international attention and scrutiny to a tiny country in the Persian Gulf.

Stratford’s article also explained that “when Saudi Arabia led the effort to found the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1981, it envisioned itself serving as an adviser to its smaller neighbors. The kingdom's royals felt entitled to a prominent role in GCC affairs because of their country's geographic size, relatively large population, vast oil wealth and custodianship of Islam's two holiest shrines. Over time, though, Saudi Arabia's domineering attitude gave rise to deep yet subtle resentment among fellow member states that would occasionally flare up, revealing, if only momentarily, the cracks in the bloc's veneer of brotherhood.”

The article said that Qatar worked to make a name for itself on the world stage and won the 2022 World Cup bid, established a competitive airline and worked to transform Doha into a hub for finance and real estate investment. Perhaps worst of all for its uneasy GCC neighbors, it launched Al Jazeera.

The writer also explained that “the network couldn't have made its debut anywhere but Qatar. Ironically, though, it might never have gotten off the ground were it not for Saudi Arabia.

In the 1990s, the kingdom decided to drop its sponsorship of BBC Arabic, which went too far in promoting political openness and critical reporting for the royal family's comfort. The decision put "150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians" back on the job market, as the channel's former managing editor, Ian Richardson, recently explained in the Guardian, giving Al Jazeera its choice of skilled personnel.”

The writer says Al Jazeera made a splash in the Arab world, quickly setting itself apart from its rivals by giving its viewers what they wanted to hear rather than delivering the same dry, monotonous reporting. The network presented stories on issues that other outlets couldn't or wouldn't touch because of government censorship. 

Source: Startfor 

 

 

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