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    Qatar considers privatizing Al Jazeera TV 1/31/2005 10:10:00 AM GMT http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6888 The Qatari government is considering plans
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      Qatar considers privatizing Al Jazeera TV
      1/31/2005 10:10:00 AM GMT
      http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6888

      The Qatari government is considering plans to privatize the Al
      Jazeera Satellite television network, a spokesman said.

      The Al Jazeera spokesman, Jihad Ballout, said that the TV station
      has been discussing privatization for the past 15 months.

      He added that a consultancy company is conducting a feasibility
      study for privatizing Al Jazeera.

      The station, often criticized by the United States for its coverage
      of the Iraq war, has attracted the attention of the Arab world since
      it was launched in 1996.

      Although U.S. officials frequently appear on the TV station to reach
      its huge audience, they claim that Al Jazeera's coverage of Middle
      East issues is politically inflammatory.

      In a report published on Sunday, The New York Times quoted
      unidentified senior Qatari officials as saying that pressures from
      U.S. officials forced the Qatari government, which bankrolls Al
      Jazeera, to speed up the privatization plan.

      Ballout said that he heard of such reports but has no further
      details. He also said that he doesn't know of any attempts to
      intervene with the station's independence, adding that Qatar has
      always planned to privatize Al Jazeera.

      http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6888

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