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Friday, September 3rd, 2004
Indymedia and Al Jazeera Reporters Discuss the RNC Stories Ignored by the Corporate U.S. Press

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We talk to Arun Gupta of NYC Indymedia and Abderrahim Foukara, New York correspondent for Al Jazeera.
This election year has brought a number of milestones in US politics. Most visible is the fact that dissent has returned to the mainstream of US culture for the first time in decades. The invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq and the so-called war on terror have spurred many Americans who have never protested to take to the streets. More than 1,700 people were arrested this week protesting at the Republican national Convention. That's a record at a political convention in this country.
Another milestone is the sheer number of journalists covering the political conventions. In Boston alone, there were some 15,000 journalists. But despite the huge presence of the media, the coverage was hardly comprehensive. In fact the most extensive coverage of the conventions and the protests came not from the US networks, but from hundreds of independent journalists working out of the New York Independent Media Center. We are joined now by one of the organizers of the IMC here in New York.

Arun Gupta, former editor of The Guardian, one of the most respected independent newspapers in recent U.S. history. He is currently an editor with the New York City Independent Media Center's newspaper, The Indypendent.

Their offices were bombed twice in Afghanistan. Their Baghdad correspondent was killed In Iraq. Their reporter was arrested en route to a summit in Crawford. Their New York correspondents were thrown off the floors of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
We're talking about al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite television station based in Qatar.

Al Jazeera's programming has been seen as controversial by some in Washington ever since it began broadcasting seven years ago. The network has since grown into a CNN of the Arabic world reaching up to 55 million viewers.

Now, they're planning to launch an English-language news channel.

Abderrahim Foukara, New York correspondent for Al Jazeera