GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
November 1996: Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based television network, launches.

The Al-Jazeera network broadcasts Arab-related news and current-affairs programming. It is the first Arab TV news outlet that is not state-censored. Known as "Arab CNN" to some, Al-Jazeera becomes well known in the West when it airs a videotape of Osama bin Laden responding to U.S. air strikes against Afghanistan and celebrating the September 11 attacks.

PBS Window on the War
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media /july-dec01/jazeera_10-8.html

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network has garnered a growing role as a conduit between the Western and Arab worlds. (October 2001)