Al Jazeera Arabic also known as Jazeera Satellite Channel is a Qatari broadcaster O&O by Al Jazeera Media Network. The state funded enterprise the station has over the time evolved into a multi-facility broadcaster and can be seen everywhere across the globe sourced by 80 news bureaus at different sites. It maintains the status-quo of leading news outlet in Middle East and also holds the status of a major market share holder in the Western part of the globe. Afghan War was a significant event in the history of the channel as it lifted the upstart network medium-status franchise into a globally acknowledged broadcaster. At the time of American invasion AL Arabic was the only station with direct presence in Afghanistan and covered the live war scenes. Call-in shows and other untraditional methods to produce the news were received by Arab audiences.
AJM owned by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is claimed to be having editorial independence and states that the financing and grants do not come directly from the state machinery. The network is seen by some as a Sunni voice in the Middle east while clashing with the Shia population and their interests in the region but the network claims non-partisanship. The Slogan: “Covering all sides” is explained by the management as their commitment to give space to every side be it Israel, Iran or Al Qaeeda and its late founder OBL.
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