|Type||Satellite television network|
|First air date||1 November 1996|
|Owner||Qatar Media Corporation|
|Key people||Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman|
Wadah Khanfar, Director-General
Ahmed Sheikh, Editor-in-chief
|Established||1 November 1996|
|Launch date||1 November 1996|
Al Jazeera (English: The Peninsula), nicknamed Al-Jewzeera, is a television network based in Qatar and associated with the Qatari government. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel with the same name, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages, and in several regions of the world. Many of their personnel were trained by the BBC.
Al Jazeera supports the campaign to overthrow the government of Syria. It is also generally supportive of the mass immigration to Western countries. On the English language section, many column writers have been educated in the United States and some are Jews.
Al Jazeera is one of several recent government associated initiatives to provide English language news with views differing from those presented in the mainstream Western mass media (see the "See also" section for other such media networks).