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The most globally recognized media outlet in the Middle East, Al-Jezeera is headquartered in Qatar’s capital, Doha. After the BBC’s Arabic language station fell apart in 1996, Aljezeera was launched and has been controversial in the region ever since. In the first five years of its existence, Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani helped sustain the network with a loan of approximately $130 million and established the network via Emiri decree.

Unlike most news outlets in the region, Aljezeera is considered a more trustworthy source of information, compared to government-owned and censored media in other Middle East countries. Al-Jezeera is available via satellite, which helped the network in its early stages to reach viewers in other Arab countries as well as around the world.

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