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VOICES UNHEARD: AL JAZEERA’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE CURRENT SCENARIO OF GLOBAL LABOR MIGRATION

Samariddhi of Al Jazeera underlines the institution’s agenda


1995.

Amid complex geopolitical times, in The State of Qatar. When the winds of propaganda and misinformation breezed, the media was authorized beyond belief and experienced extreme restrictions and censorship, Which prohibited it from delivering impartial news to the public. The censorship of local media was uplifted by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in the summer of 1995, which made way for the establishment of Al Jazeera on November 1, 1996.  This, in a sense, was the first step towards the alleviation of the plague of propaganda. Al Jazeera was the first independent news channel in the Middle East and Arab world. Media till then in that area was characterized by state-controlled narratives that denied the audiences to be seen or heard. 


With a promising start, Al Jazeera quickly pioneered a new standard for clear and in-depth Journalism that gave a new voice to its audience and a deep understanding of international and regional affairs, allowing people to have different perspectives on trivial matters. The agency’s founding tagline “The Opinion and the Other Opinion” brought multiple perspectives into view, bringing with itself trivial information and empowering its audience, sustaining the spirit of journalism and media.

“The Al Jazeera Phenomena” was introduced by the agency, and was a turning point in the history of Arabs. Successfully organizing and establishing itself as one of the most influential news networks in the world.  Since the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States in 2001, and the airing of Osama bin Laden’s statements, Al Jazeera became a major player in world news and was hence dubbed the CNN of the Arab world. 


In 2006, Al Jazeera English (AJE) was launched. However, it wasn’t until the January 2011 revolt in the Middle East, and Arab world, that Al Jazeera English began to attract serious interest in the United States. With its coverage of the uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. It slowly became the principal source of information for Western officials, and media organizations. Since AJE was the only English-language network outlet with non-stop live demonstrations in the Egyptian capital. Therefore the major Western media were forced by necessity to replay the news coverage of events in Egypt that were covered by Al Jazeera. This was an affirmation to the fact that the advent of the AJA (1996) and AJE  (2006) offered a new and powerful challenge to the established International Media. 

In alignment with our commitment to impartial reporting and thorough analysis, which has historically covered global events with a focus on humanitarian issues and concerns, our past initiatives highlight and underscore the mere cruciality of addressing the root causes of crises.


Today in our age of technology and advancements, we find ourselves at the crossroads of vital humanitarian decisions. We try to unravel and understand the narrative currents of the lives of the migrants who travel hundreds of kilometres away from their countries in hopes of a “better life” and end up tangled, abused, and forgotten. It is deemed vital to understand the deep geopolitics that is taking place in these Middle Eastern countries. Al Jazeera acknowledges the complexities involved: illegal migration, hazardous work environments, and the unfortunate plight of those who have been directly affected. Al Jazeera firmly stands as an advocate for a comprehensive, collaborative, and diplomatic solution to this crisis and empathizes with the importance of upholding international laws and human rights, understanding the need for a response. 


The intricate, yet crucial matter must be unraveled and looked into layer by layer. Fostering international compassion and cooperation, for the light must be shed on the hidden realities of the oppressed, violated, and abused.


In conclusion, Al Jazeera asserts its commitment to human rights. Collaborative problem-solving and regional stability. Empathizing with the need for a diplomatic approach to address the migration crisis and the horrors of the Kafala system. Effectively and as a responsible stakeholder, Al Jazeera stands ready to uphold communication with fellow nations in finding sustainable solutions. 



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