For many years, the Middle East had no voice of its own on the international arena. All news channels and programs coming out of this conflict ridden region have always been either censored or doctored to some extent by the regional government. This was precisely why the advent of Al Jazeera was welcomed by so many, be it within the Middle East and outside.
Al Jazeera wasn’t the first news broadcasting network from the Middle East. But it quickly developed a reputation for being unafraid to broach controversial issues. It was started by the mandate of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad ibn Khalifah Al Thani in 1996 and was promised financial backing from the government for five years after BBC withdrew from the region.