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  • on 31.01.2011
  • at 03:08 PM
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The revolution will be televised 0

This could all still go terribly wrong no one can predict how the Egyptian army will respond, but it has been heartening watching Egyptians taking to the streets for the last five days to free themselves from oppressive, US-friendly dictatorships.

We can say the same for events in Tunisia and now it seems in Sudan. However, it is not so heartening or informing trying to follow these events on American cable news channels like CNN or MSNBC the less said about Fox News the better.

On these channels anchors and guests mainly discuss what the protests mean for secure oil supplies to the West, the security concerns of the United States and its allies like neighboring Israel, or trying to dictate who should lead a post-Mubarak government that they “pro-US, pro-Western” mainly.

That’s where I have tuned to Al Jazeera. The channel has played an admirable role reporting from the ground and showing up the more familiar global news channels.

It’s importance is underscored by news on twitter–out of Egypt–this morning that Al Jazeera’s bureau and its signal on NileSat was briefly shut down.

Everyone acknowledges Al Jazeera’s impact on the spreading insurrection; some of Al Jazeera’s competitors are still coming to turns with the network’s fearlessness. Some even figured it out a while ago.

For now you can only stream Al Jazeera both its English and Arabic channels live online or on your iPhone they have an app since the major US cable networks refuse to carry the channel.

By Sean JacobsAfrica is a country

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