Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"As for our position in regards to the Iraq War, Al Jazeera does not have an official 'stance' one way or the other. As an unbiased news organization, we feel it would defy our mission if we sided with a particular view."
Hashem Said, International & Media Relations for Al Jazeera, in an email to ProCon.org, June 6, 2006
Media and Academic Journals Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
"Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, is headquartered in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
The organisation is the world's first global English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East...
The channel aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions.
With broadcasting centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC and supporting bureaux worldwide, the channel will set the news agenda, bridging cultures and providing a unique grassroots perspective from under-reported regions around the world to a potential global audience of over one billion English speakers.
The station broadcasts news, current affairs, features, analysis, documentaries, live debates, entertainment, business and sport..."
"1. Adhere to the journalistic values of honesty, courage, fairness, balance, independence, credibility and diversity, giving no priority to commercial or political considerations over professional ones.
2. Endeavour to get to the truth and declare it in our dispatches, programmes and news bulletins unequivocally in a manner which leaves no doubt about its validity and accuracy.
3. Treat our audiences with due respect and address every issue or story with due attention to present a clear, factual and accurate picture while giving full consideration to the feelings of victims of crime, war, persecution and disaster, their relatives and our viewers, and to individual privacy and public decorum.
4. Welcome fair and honest media competition without allowing it to affect adversely our standards of performance so that getting a 'scoop' will not become an end in itself.
5. Present diverse points of view and opinions without bias or partiality.
6. Recognise diversity in human societies with all their races, cultures and beliefs and their values and intrinsic individualities in order to present unbiased and faithful reflection of them.
7. Acknowledge a mistake when it occurs, promptly correct it and ensure it does not recur.
8. Observe transparency in dealing with news and news sources while adhering to internationally established practices concerning the rights of these sources.
9. Distinguish between news material, opinion and analysis to avoid the pitfalls of speculation and propaganda.
10. Stand by colleagues in the profession and offer them support when required, particularly in light of the acts of aggression and harassment to which journalists are subjected at times. Cooperate with Arab and international journalistic unions and associations to defend freedom of the press."
"About Us: Code of Ethics," Al Jazeera website (accessed Apr. 30, 2009)
Waddah Khanfar, Director General
# of Offices:
4+ (Headquarters: Doha, Qatar)
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Operating Division of Aljazeera Channel
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, is the founder of Al Jazeera
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar and first cousin to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad ben Khalifa, is a former Director General of Al Jazeera