Friday, October 15, 2004

Va.-Based, U.S.-Financed Arabic Channel Finds Its Voice (

This morning the Washington Post took a nice long look at Al-Hurra in comparison with Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya in Ellen McCarthy's "Va.-Based, U.S.-Financed Arabic Channel Finds Its Voice." Senator Biden is calling for a dramatic increase in the Broadcasting Board of Governors' budget in order to set up Farsi, Kurdish and Uzbek TV stations, but critics—including Voice of America staffers—are grumbling that Al-Hurra is already draining scarce resources from its operations. Worth the read.

The Post has also bundled a trio of two-minute video reports related to the story here, and although they only show the surface of Al-Hurra's operations in Springfield, Va., they're also worth a look.

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