Five Years On.

Position:Asian Times - Brief Article

In five short years Al Jazeera seems to have hit its stride. Having grown from six to 24 hours worth of daily programming, the station reaches more than 35 million Arabs around the world, including 150,000 in the United States. With offices in all the Arab capitals (apart from the ones where they are banned) plus London, Paris, Washington and New York, the station employs over 600 journalists. But aside from its rapid growth, Al Jazeera's editorial edginess is its mark of distinction. In the world of straitjacketed Arab media, Al Jazeera has one of the only free hands. Its talk shows can legitimately claim to showcase the full range of Arab opinion--he good, the bad and the ugly--on global affairs, and their featured debates put the sleep-inducing talking heads on American...

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