Channeling Arab Opinion

What's the world's most controversial TV news provider? It's not Fox or CBS. It's al-Jazeera, the subject of the award-winning documentary Control Room, now out on DVD. The disc adds interviews with both critics and employees of the Arabic television network. Director Jehane Noujaim spoke with TIME's Carolina A. Miranda.

How did you choose al-Jazeera as a subject?

I was curious about the people behind the station. I grew up in Cairo, with state-run TV that consisted of a guy reading government press releases. Al-Jazeera is unique in that it's not state run.

Why is al-Jazeera so controversial?

What's been criticized...

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