Al Jazeera Media Network offers news coverage 24 hours a day to more than 310 million households in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera was initially launched in 1996 as Al Jazeera Arabic. By 2017, Al Jazeera has grown into a global media network with more than 70 bureaus in the Americas, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Pacific. Its major components include Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English (AJE), and its web presence. This entry discusses the history of Al Jazeera, what distinguishes it from other television (TV) news operations in the Arab world, its rapid growth throughout the world, and perceptions of the network.

Al Jazeera Arabic was launched in November 1996 as an Arabic-language satellite news ...

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