Dec
01
2011

Missing Al Jazeera's 'Moment'

News you can’t see anywhere else—if you can see it

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

The Qatar-based TV news network Al Jazeera is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important international news outlets. Since launching its English-language affiliate, Al Jazeera English (AJE), in 2006, the network has extended its reach into 250 million homes in more than 100 countries (Arab Media and Society, Spring/11). In the United States, though, AJE is nearly blacked out, only available in a few markets, including Toledo, Ohio; Burlington, Vermont; Washington, D.C.; and, most recently, New York City. Cable operators have given various reasons for why they’ve shut out AJE: a lack of interest in the network, a lack […]

May
01
2003

The Other Side of the Gun

Non-embedded journalists sometimes became targets of U.S. forces

The Pentagon has held up its practice of "embedding" journalists with military units as proof of a new media-friendly policy. The treatment of independent journalists, however; was hardly friendly, with sever­al being killed by U.S. forces; on one day alone, April 8, there were three sep­arate incidents of U.S. attacks on non- embedded media. In one incident, a U.S. tank fired an explosive shell at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, where most independent reporters were based. Two journalists, Taras Protsyuk of the British news agency Reuters and Jose Couso of the Spanish TV network Telecino, were killed; three other journalists were injured. […]