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Al Jazeera is center-stage in the modernization of Arab-language broadcasting Al Jazeera offers what no broadcaster in the region does - a world-class free uncensored professional source of news and opinion It is doing its job brilliantly shown by the widespread criticism of its content by regimes in the region Israel and the United States Of course it is sometimes biased - so are CNN the BBC All news is something someone somewhere doesnt want publish - the rest is advertising unknown But its strength is that it allows dramatically opposing views to be aired It is a slick and professional operation Al Jazeeras most powerful influence in the world today is its controversial news coverage Al Jazeera brought new insight and new perspectives not previously experienced by Arab audiences Before this news station the citizens were simply being fed their information on an official basis It seems that this controversial station has brought the ability of free thinking to the people This allows them to form their own opinion about the subjects at hand Before Al Jazeera the media was a mouthpiece for the government but this is a commercial and independent broadcast The result of the introduction of Al Jazeera was heated arguments and opposing viewpoints which as mentioned earlier leads to stimulation of debate Debate similarly has the domino-effect potential of promoting increased education of the topic or topics in question It is under this - perhaps somewhat idealistic - school of thought that Al Jazeera has been a crucial factor in the development of the Arab world Despite the political and cultural hotbed it may aggravate giving exposure to both Palestinian rebels and US officials - or vice versa - gives people something to talk about Most importantly it gives them something to think about I suppose Al Jazeeras claim to fame is that it was the first television station to obtain and show the Osama Bin Laden tapes We
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