Military Review English Edition July-August 2014 - Page 69

THE RISE OF AL JAZEERA in its first year.18 Al Jazeera’s dramatically expanding audience coupled with its visual programming and webbased platforms could provide many opportunities for the DOD to inform and educate large audiences of all ages around the world. in 2007 and two months in 2008 and found that Al Jazeera English had covered the global south with in-depth reporting more often than the global north.22 It is safe to assume this trend continues with current programming. As U.S. strategic defense priorities Since its modest beginnings in Doha, Qatar, where it began broadcasting a part-time satellite television channel in Arabic with fewer than 150 employees and fewer than a million viewers, Al Jazeera has grown to over 80 news bureaus across the world. Most are located in Africa, Asia, and Central and Latin America. By comparison, CNN has closed many of its international bureaus and today only maintains 44 editorial operaBernard Smith, left, correspondent, and Ben Foley, center, cameraman, both with Al Jations, 14 in the United States.19 Al zeera English News Channel, interview a local Afghan teacher in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Jazeera employs more than 3,000 Afghanistan, 23 May 2012. staff members across the globe, including more than 400 journalists from more than now focus on the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, 60 different countries. Al Jazeera English, the largest and North Africa, Al Jazeera can make a significant of the Al Jazeera channels, employs “more than 1,000 contribution toward helping the defense community highly experienced staff from more than 50 nationaliunderstand and communicate with those nations.23 ties, making Al Jazeera English’s newsroom among the In 2011, Al Jazeera provided significantly more most diverse in the world.”20 Operating from its Doha coverage of global issues than news media based in headquarters and two different news centers 24 hours a the United States. According to the Pew Research day, seven days a week, Al Jazeera now broadcasts int