How much do you really know about Al Jazeera?

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    I have been reading a very interesting new book about Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network based in Qatar. Believe it or not, Al-Jazeera might be the mostly despised group of people in the world.

    **Americans dislike Al-Jazeera because the network routinely broadcasts unedited statements by terrorist leaders

    **Much of the Arab hierarchy dislikes Al-Jazeera because the network routinely broadcats unedited statements by Bush and Blair

    **Saudi Arabia has virtually banned Al-Jazeera for critizing decisions made by the Saudi Royal Family, which are normally punishable by death.

    **Many Iraqis dislike Al-Jazeera because the network doesn't criticize the American occupation enough

    **Both the PLO and Hammas have attacked Al-Jazeera for interviewing Israelis and condemning suicide bombings

    **Israel has banned Al-Jazeera because it once broadcast footage of the Iraeli army attacking a refugee camp

    In fact, the only time government officials anywhere in the Middle East like Al-Jazeera is when they want air time. Al-Jazeera openly offers air time to anyone on any time. This makes much of the Arab world uncomfortable, because they prefer state censorship.
     
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    DOH!! Talk about uninformed statements! Where did you get YOUR information?
    Al-Jazeera is TOTALLY funded by the Emir of Qatar, one of the richest people in the world. It has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia except lease space on one of their satellite networks.
     
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    Nope, the terrorists they propagandize and sympathize with are the most despised group. Mouthpieces for Islamic Extremism are only second on the list.
     
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    Actually, I would give the Emir(s) some credit for serious attempts at modernization within Qatar, but al-Jazeera is such a peice of crap, it's hardly worth the effort it would take to mention it.
     

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