Campaign for Al Jazeera English

What is Al Jazeera English?

Based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera English is a high-quality, 24-hour news channel that reaches over 250 million homes across the world. Since its launch in 2006, it has been growing in popularity and prestige. Networks ranging from CNBC to CNN and FOX and NBC, among others, have used Al Jazeera English footage.  And Washington officials, such as Secretary Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell, have praised Al Jazeera English and its sister network, Al Jazeera, for their coverage. But despite its acclaim, many Americans are still unable to access it directly.

What can you do?

Call your local cable companies!

Sign up for action alerts!

Send emails (this will take you to Al Jazeera English’s site)!


Why Campaign for Al Jazeera English?

Access! Right now, only four places (Washington, D.C.; Toledo, OH; Burlington, VT, and Bristol County, Rhode Island) have 24-hour cable access. In other areas, viewers may have limited cable access (e.g., a few hours a day) or no cable access. Most Americans have to watch it via the internet or through satellite service.

Interest! Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of international journalism, especially news that covers North Africa and the Middle East, two places that Al Jazeera English has been reporting in depth from for years.

  • There was a 2500% spike in North American Al Jazeera viewership during its coverage of the Egyptian revolution, and over 60% of the viewers werei n the U.S.
  • Between January and March, over 1.6 million Americans have turned to Al Jazeera English, watching events unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • In the last week of the Egyptian uprising, an estimated 7 million Americans watched 50 million minutes (over 830,000 hours) worth of Al Jazeera coverage.

Equality! People who don’t have a satellite dish or a computer and the internet are not able to watch Al Jazeera English’s programming and access one of the most widely viewed international news outlets.

Momentum! Since late January, over 70,000 people from across the U.S. sent letters to cable and satellite providers demanding Al Jazeera English through the website iwantaje.net. Al Jazeera and American cable companies (e.g., Verizon and ComCast) are now in negotiations with cable and satellite providers, but cable companies want reassurance that consumers really do want this option. Now is the time to make our voices heard!

How can I watch it to see if I like it?

On the internet
Al Jazeera English
Livestation
YouTube Facebook

On TV
Buckeye Cable (Toledo, OH)
Burlington Cable (Burlington, VT)
GlobeCast World TV
Link TV (Direct TV, Channel – 375/Dish Network, Channel – 9410)
Washington Cable (Washington, DC)
MHz Networks (Washington, DC)
KCET Greater Los Angelese (Mon – Fri 6:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 11:00 PM | Sat – Sun 6:30 AM)

For more information, see Al Jazeera English’s site:

http://english.aljazeera.net/watchaje/

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