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Will Al-Jazeera bend?

It has transformed Arab TV journalism. But Al-Jazeera continues to face accusations of extremism

By John R Bradley   April 2004

Even for a news organisation that frequently makes the headlines itself, last year was a rollercoaster ride for the Al-Jazeera satellite television station. The big question for 2004 is whether, in the fallout from the Iraq war, it will buckle under pressure to tone down what critics say is its remorselessly anti-US output.

With tens of millions of regular viewers in the Arab world, the Qatar-based station has revolutionised journalism in the middle east. Yet its launch in 1996 happened almost by accident, the result of a terminated contract between Orbit radio and television service, funded by Saudi Arabia’s ruling…

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