Yakima (WA) Herald-Republic, 29 June 2011
, Mai Hoang: "Grupo Hispanavision, a Yakima-based media company known for its Spanish-language channels, is making a leap into English-language programming as an affiliate of Al Jazeera English. ... The network is broadcast on digital channel 39.4. Grupo Hispanavision co-owner Ron Bevins said he found the network online while looking for news concerning the recent Arab uprisings. ... 'It's reminiscent of the BBC,' he said. ... Grupo Hispanavision has plans to offer more English-language programming in the next year in the other sub channels made available by the station's conversion to a digital signal, he said. ... Last year, Grupo Hispanavision begin broadcasting Mexicanal, a station that offers regional programming from Mexican states, such as Michoacn and Jalisco, on channel 39.2."
North Platte (NE) Telegraph, 6 July 2011, Heather Johnson: "Andrew Norman, originally from Imperial, is the founder of Hear Nebraska, a non-profit organization designed to cultivate the state's art and music community by providing a voice for bands, artists and other members of Nebraska's creative class. ... About three weeks ago, that dream moved a step closer to reality, when Hear Nebraska was featured in a documentary by news and current affairs TV channel Al Jazeera English. 'Two producers from Washington, D.C., were originally planning to come out to do a story on the TransCanada pipeline,' said Norman. 'An editor suggested they do a music story while they were here. They did a Google search, turned up Hear Nebraska and within five minutes, were calling me on the phone.'"
Wired, 28 June 2011, Eric Steuer interviewing Mohamed Nanabhay, Al Jazeera English head of online: "Wired: Why won’t American cable networks carry Al Jazeera English? Nanabhay: That’s a question they need to answer. One of the responses I’ve heard is that there’s not demand in America for another 24-hour news channel. I think over the last few months we’ve seen that argument blown out of the water—nearly 10 million people in the US are regularly watching our content online. That’s more than a lot of cable news shows."
The Guardian, 2 July 2011, Simon Hattenstone: "When [David Frost] went to Al Jazeera he was thought past his sell-by date. But he says it has been a great experience and opened up his world view. 'When Al Jazeera English started five years ago, it was 50 countries and 80m households, and now it's 125 countries and 250m households, which is fantastic.' He pouts triumphantly, like a boxer who has ducked a savage blow. More coffee. He says he has not received a single editorial directive in all that time."
The Jewish Chronicle, 30 June 2011, Jennifer Lipman: "A British-born Israeli army reservist, attacked as a terrorist and a liar while participating in a debate on Al-Jazeera TV, has said it was worth it - and that he would like to do it again. Josh Mintz, 26, is one of the founders of friendasoldier.org, set up last October to show the world the IDF's human side. ... Comments aired during the show became so hostile that Al-Jazeera even tweeted to justify why they had invited him. But Mr Mintz said that there was also positive feedback."
Toronto Star, 6 July 2011, Cynthia Vukets: "After an influential three years with Al Jazeera English, during which the Qatar-based news network doubled its audience and saw a sharp increase in international credibility for its in-depth coverage of the Egyptian revolution, Tony Burman is coming home to Toronto. ... Burman will be writing a weekly column for the Star beginning in September. The theme hasn’t been nailed down yet, he said, but he hopes to explore Canada’s place in the world and the Canadian media’s role within that. ... He’ll also be teaching a course on journalism and politics at Ryerson University, where he will be the Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair. ... During Burman’s two years as managing director for Al Jazeera English based in Doha, Qatar, the network’s audience reach expanded from 100 million households to more than 200 million worldwide. In 2010, he moved to Washington as the AJE’s chief strategic advisor for the Americas, with the goal of extending the network’s reach into American homes."
DownEast.com, 6 July 2011, Al Diamon: "The General Henry Knox Museum ... holds an annual fundraising gala that includes a guest speaker, dinner and reception. This year’s event is scheduled for July 28 at the Strand Theatre in Rockland and will feature a talk by Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington bureau chief of Al Jazeera. Before working for the Arab-owned network, Foukara earned his journalistic chops at, among other news organizations, the BBC World Service and WGBH in Boston. ... Accuracy In Media, a conservative news-coverage critic, caught wind of the event. AIM posted a piece on its Web site claiming the Knox museum was 'honoring a representative of Al-Jazeera, the channel associated with various terrorist organizations.' That prompted much blathering on the As Maine Goes Web site ('General Knox must be turning in his grave at the very thought of this'), along with threats of a boycott aimed at the business headed by the president of the Knox museum’s board. If Accuracy In Media had lived up to its name, it wouldn’t have claimed the Maine institution was 'honoring' Foukara. Nothing in any press materials from the museum mentions any honor." See also The Free Press (Rockland, ME), 6 July 2011, Thomas McAdams Deford.
NPR, Tell Me More, 5 July 2011: "Al Jazeera English was a leader in covering the Arab Spring. In April, its own reporter Dorothy Parvaz spent days in Syrian detention before being handed over to Iranian authorities. She was released after about three weeks. Host Michel Martin speaks with Parvaz about her detainment in two countries with track records of imprisoning journalists."
New American Media, 26 June 2011, Jalal Ghazi: "[W]hy did Qatar’s royal family muzzle the once independent Al Jazeera and drop a number of its popular [Arabic] shows? It seems the family was worried that the shows’ blunt hosts might suggest that there should be a political change in Qatar as well. But with all the changes to the network, whose offices are only 12 miles from the largest American military base in the Middle East, Al Udeid Air Base, it looks like Al Jazeera’s policies are now more in line with those of its owners. The journalists who once propelled it to popularity are no longer there."