Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة, romanized: al-jazīrah, IPA: [æl (d)ʒæˈziːrɐ], accurately “The Island”, though referring to the Arabian Peninsula in context) is a Qatari state-owned broadcaster in Doha, Qatar, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs dependency TV channel, Al Jazeera has since stretched into a network with numerous outlets, as well as the internet and specialty television channels in multiple languages.Al Jazeera Media Network is a major global news business, with 80 bureaus around the world. The original Al Jazeera Arabic channel’s willingness to broadcast dissenting views, for example on call-in shows, created controversies in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. The station gained global awareness following the outbreak of the War in Afghanistan, when its office there was the only channel to cover the war live. Al Jazeera Media Network is a news channel for public do good to under Qatari law. Under this structure, Al Jazeera Media Network receives support from the government of Qatar, but maintains its viewpoint independence.
Critics have accused Al Jazeera of supporting the positions of the Qatari government, though Al Jazeera platforms and channels have published content that has been critical of Qatar or has run counter to Qatari laws and norms. The network is sometimes perceived to have mainly Islamist perspectives, promote the Muslim Brotherhood, and having a pro-Sunni and an anti-Shia bias in its reporting of regional issues. However, Al Jazeera insists it covers all sides of a debate; for illustration, the network says it presents Israel’s views and Iran’s views with equal objectivity. Al Jazeera has aired videos released by Osama bin Laden. In June 2017, the Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini, and Egyptian governments demanded the shutting down of the news station as one of thirteen difficulty made to Qatar during the 2017 Qatar crisis. Other media networks have spoken out in support of the network. According to The Atlantic magazine, Al Jazeera presents a far-off more sensible, Westernized face than Islamic jihadism or rigid Sunni orthodoxy, and though the network has been criticized as “an ‘Islamist’ stalking horse,” it actually features “very little specifically religious content in its broadcast.