-language 24-hour news channel launched in 2006; and Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, an Arabic language documentary channel launched in 2007 (Wiki-Al Jazeera, 2008).
Al Jazeera English is the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel of the Al Jazeera media group. It is the first global English language news channel that is headquartered in the Middle East, which the group believes is a unique position that will shape its destiny of becoming the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events. With reference to Al Jazeera Arabic, its mother company and the historically significant broadcast of Osama bin Laden's statements after September 11, 2001, Al Jazeera English aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions. (Corp Profile, 2008).
The internet website of Al Jazeera English is located at http://english.aljazeera.net/. ...
Also on the front page are quick links to world news; sports; programmes; focus features, analysis and comments; Al Jazeera English TV schedule; and featured videos. The front page also contains quick links to jobs with Al Jazeera, emails related to published articles, a search link and a link to the Arabic version. An interesting feature is the "Mecca time" displayed along with the "last update date". And it is pleasing to note that the only advertisement on the front page is a banner ad at the top of the page.
Compared with other news websites of Middle Eastern origin, Al Jazeera seems to be faring well. Al Arabiya, is a Saudi Arabian organisation which was established in response to Al Jazeera in 2003. Currently its website content primarily focuses also on Islam-oriented news stories but there is more content variety on Al Jazeera. Al Arabiya includes most sections present at Al Jazeera but the latter has more interesting selections, options and links (Al Arabiya, 2008) Another competitor is Al-Alam, established in 2006 by the Islamic Republic of Iran. It seeks to disseminate news in a sincere and impartial manner by keeping a moderate line and avoiding stirring religious and ethnic strife (Al Alam, 2008). The Al Alam website currently features regular global news items without seeming focus on Arabic or Islam-oriented stories.
There are other competitors for Al Jazeera in terms of websites displaying Middle Eastern focus. Al Hurra is an Arabic-language satellite TV station for the Middle East devoted primarily to news and information (Al Hurra, 2005). According to a Wiki entry (Wiki-Al Jazeera, 2008), Al Hurra is forbidden to broadcast to the US under the provisions of the Smith-Mundt Act. But a