Al Jazeera: One Name, Two Channels

Many loyal Al Jazeera English viewers worldwide are drawn to the television network because of its insightful coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings – and its in-depth reporting from the developing world. Since its creation in 2006, the Qatari-based English-language channel has deployed its resources around the world to fulfill a goal of being “the voice of the global south,” though it has done so with a distinctive Western style. The tagline “This is Al Jazeera” echoes James Earl Jones’ signature “This is CNN.” One of its flagship shows, “Inside Story,” analyzes the news of the day by presenting the kind of...

5 Minutes with Mohammed Omer

Described as “the voice of the voiceless,” Mohammed Omer won a Martha Gelhorn award for his reporting in Gaza. Dalal Mawad sat with Omer to talk about the difficulties and challenges of being a freelance journalist. Produced for Columbia News Tonight. Dalal Mawad is a student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She can be reached on Twitter (@dalalmawad).

Syria: Too Much Information?

For foreign journalists, the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths have ranged from exhilaratingly accessible (Egypt), to mortally dangerous (Libya), to frustratingly off-limits (Syria). Since Syria’s violent uprising began 11 months ago, the government has strictly limited journalist visas. The relatively few foreign journalists who have managed to enter Syria on a formal visa are required to report at all times in the presence of a government minder. Those denied access have had two choices. The first is to sneak across the border from Turkey, either on their own or with the help of the Free Syrian Army. That choice has proven fatal...