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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Al Jazeera DG: A historic moment in the Arab world

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Al Jazeera DG: A historic moment in the Arab world

Doha, Qatar, March 3, 2011:  Speaking at the opening session of this year’s TED conference, Wadah Khanfar has applauded the youth that have been leading the revolutions taking place across the Middle East. 

The director general of the Al Jazeera Network told the audience in California that the emergence of freedom in the Arab world represented a new opportunity for stability and positive relations between the east and the west.

Mr Khanfar’s speech received a rousing standing ovation. He said:

“I am here to tell you that the future that we were dreaming of has eventually arrived. A new generation, well educated, connected, inspired by universal values and global understanding has created a new reality for us.

“The values of democracy and freedom of choice that are sweeping the Middle East are the best opportunity for the world, for the west and the east to see stability and to see security, and to see friendship. Let us support these people, let us stand for them, let us embrace change and celebrate a great future with the people of that region.”

1.      Al Jazeera’s Sixth Annual forum entitled “Arab world in transition” will take place 12-14 March in the Doha Sheraton, and will feature many young activists and bloggers from the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt
2.       More information about TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, can be found at
3.    The speech can be watched online here:  

 About Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera started out more than fourteen years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation.  The Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Satellite (Arabic) channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.

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