Nassif: You could have elections in Iran or in China—but they do not mean anything.
The latest political, military, and diplomatic developments tend to drive news coverage, but that does not begin to exhaust the breadth of the engagement between America and the Middle East.
Steve Tatham, a officer, recorded an instance in which a British officer briefed Arab and Western media that a humanitarian aid ship was being held back pending operations against Iraqi insurgents in the area.
We intend to give equal time to all points of view—not to terrorists—but interesting, informative, and relevant opinions.
Does this hurt the network? Nassif: I want to make the news the best news, so people will come to us to hear stories that they do not hear on Al-Jazeera.
In fact, preliminary research in Iraq shows that more people are tuning to Alhurra than Al-Jazeera, in part because of Alhurra's commitment of a second channel, Alhurra-Iraq, providing Iraqi citizens with daily newscasts and talk shows that deal specifically with the challenges facing modern-day Iraq.