The founders of the news channel everyone loves to hate has been voted one of Time Magazine’s World’s 100 most influential people.
AlJazeera is often vilified as the mouthpiece of those publicity geniuses Al Qaida (who unfortunately don’t have a website on the public domain), lacking in integrity, and being pro-terrorist.
Reporters Sans Frontieres in this article came out in support of the news agency after it received virulent criticism from the US Army who accused it and Al-Arabiya of inciting violence, lying and being “anti-coalition”.
Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of the US forces in Iraq, accused Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya of lying about the US army’s operations in Falluja. Also on 12 April, Al-Rubai threatened to close down Al-Jazeera’s and Al-Arabiya’s bureaux in Iraq if they “continue to incite violence and sedition.” “There is no doubt in my mind that if they continue reporting in the way they are reporting now… there is no question that they should be shut down is this country”, he said.
Despite being funded by the ruler of Qatar, Al-Jazeera has a golden reputation for getting the media releases of Al Qaida and Osama Bin Laden, and for confronting Middle-East traditions, presenting itself as secular, contemporary, and a credible news source.