It should be considered a great success by Al-Jazeera...getting banned form the NY Stock Exchange that is:
The Wall Street Journal Online
25 March 2003:
Al-Jazeera went live early yesterday with its English-language Web site -- and the Qatar-based satellite network immediately assumed a posture likely to provoke Western readers.
The site (english.aljazeera.net) has promised to offer a different perspective than those of Western media and has stuck to its word. Its graphic photos of dead U.S. soldiers, pointed headlines and opinionated articles -- many of them without reporters' bylines -- will provide plenty of fodder for critics of the Middle Eastern news organization. The content is produced separately from its Arabic-language counterpart.
The al-Jazeera Arabic satellite channel, which drew criticism for airing Osama bin Laden's unedited comments after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijack attacks in the U.S., attracted further rebukes Sunday by broadcasting Iraqi television footage showing five U.S. prisoners of war. Articles on the English-language site's first day were sure to antagonize American readers. One feature looked at the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington. Another, headlined "Coalition of the Willing Has Become a Joke," made light of the "obscure" countries in the U.S.-led coalition. Another, titled "Misinformation Basra," cast doubt on American military assertions about its military success in the southern Iraqi city.
Yet the site also showed its potential as an information resource. An eyewitness account from a correspondent in Baghdad described damage from U.S. bombing to civilian areas and a historic palace. Like many other articles, the item gave no information about its writer and was simply attributed to "al-Jazeera."
Managing Editor Joanne Tucker, a former BBC journalist who holds dual U.S.-British citizenship and speaks Arabic, has promised Western-style standards of journalism. She said she stands by all the articles but conceded that the site has to do more to clarify what is news and what is opinion.
Al-Jazeera has correspondents in nearly all of Iraq's major battle zones, including Basra, Mosul and Baghdad, Ms. Tucker said. She said readers can expect bylined pieces, more breaking news and eyewitness reporting as the site develops. "Right now, we just wanted to get the site live," she said.
The site had a bare-bones appearance on its first day and was limited to coverage of the Iraqi conflict. In time, it plans to offer broader coverage of Mideast events. Traffic to al-Jazeera was light, Ms. Tucker said. "I don't think anybody really knows about it."
NYSE Revokes Credentials for Al-Jazeera
Tue Mar 25, 5:08 AM ET
By TERESA AGOVINO, AP Business Writer
NEW YORK - The Arab TV network Al-Jazeera said Monday two of its reporters covering the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites) have had their credentials revoked because of the satellite station's coverage of the war in Iraq.
Exchange spokesman Ray Pellechia denied the station's war coverage was the cause. Citing "security reasons," he said the exchange had chosen to limit the number of broadcasters working at the lower Manhattan exchange since the war began, giving access only to networks that focus "on responsible business coverage."
Al-Jazeera said it got a letter from the exchange saying the number of accredited TV stations needed to be reduced. It said reporters Ammar al-Sankari and Ramzi Shiber had their credentials withdrawn.
The network said the reason was "Al-Jazeera's coverage of the war on Iraq."
It said it has covered the exchange for years and believes it is the only channel affected by the new curbs. Pellechia said other broadcasters had been refused accreditation or permission to increase their staff, but he declined to give examples.
U.S. military officials on Sunday criticized Al-Jazeera for carrying Iraqi TV footage of U.S. prisoners of war.
Al-Jazeera is based in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, which also hosts the U.S. military's Central Command for the region. The station has gained a reputation as an unusually independent voice in a region where many news media are government-controlled.
Ghazi Khankan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations decried the move, saying Al-Jazeera "is really one of the very few independent Arab media, and to cut them off is a loss to the stock exchange."
He said he understood the sensitivity of the footage of U.S. captives, "but I don't think this is the right thing to do in spite of the sad pictures."