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Qatar's Calling by Tom Pilston (40 images)

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The rise of Al Jazeera has been nothing if not meteoric. From its launch in 1996 as an Arab language news and current affair channel, the channel has become one of the most widely watched and respected global 24-hour news broadcasters.

The Qatar based enterprise was initially underpinned by a huge $ 137 million loan from Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, the Emir of Qatar, to see it through its first five years of operation. After failing to turn a profit by 2001, the Emir agreed to...
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