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Exhibition spotlights evolution of Al Jazeera | Arts and Culture News

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Al Jazeera first began broadcasting on an Arabic television channel on November 1, 1996 with a team of approximately 250 staff and has since evolved into a global media network for more than a quarter of a century.

Exploring the 25-year trajectory of the Qatar-based media network, the ‘Experience Al Jazeera’ multimedia exhibition has opened to the public at Doha’s leading contemporary arts space, Fire Station.

“I would like to tell you about the mission and vision behind Al Jazeera. Media freedom, which has historically never existed, especially in this region,” Anagime Giani, curator of the exhibition and manager of museology, told Al Jazeera.

There are six sections in all, organized chronologically, she said.

“We start with elements that are very familiar about Al Jazeera and explore corresponding themes through that starting point,” Giani said.

The exhibition’s first theme is built around Al Jazeera’s slogan, ‘Opinions and Dissenting Opinions’, which was created shortly after the channel’s launch.

“[The slogan] Al Jazeera International Communications Officer Noora Al Hedfa said:

The exhibition begins with an “Opinions” section showing reports of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]

As visitors enter the exhibition, a large-scale video installation plays footage of the network’s coverage of the occupied Palestinian territories, the recent Russian-Ukrainian war, and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution from Tahrir Square. increase.

As they proceed, some of the risks and difficulties Al Jazeera journalists face are presented.

The network has faced jamming of satellite signals, closing and bombing of offices, including in Baghdad and Gaza City, harassment, persecution and targeted killings of journalists.

Since its inception in 1996, 12 Al Jazeera journalists have been killed in the line of duty.

Most recently, Israeli forces shot dead Al Jazeera Arab journalist Shireen Abu Akure. At the time, she was wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest, clearly marked with the letters “PRESS.”

Numerous investigations by eyewitnesses, Al Jazeera, and the United Nations, human rights groups and media organizations found that Israeli forces shot Abu Akure.

Israel initially claimed she may have been killed by Palestinian gunmen, but by September Israeli officials believed Abu Akure was “accidentally hit” by Israeli military fire. Said to be high quality.

exhibition [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]
Exhibition plays interview with journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, murdered in 2021 [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]

On display are the mementos of Tarek Ayoub, an Arabic correspondent who died of serious injuries in April 2003 when a US airstrike hit Al Jazeera’s Baghdad branch.

Visitors can view a collection of letters from Guantanamo Bay, where Al Jazeera photographer Sami Al Hajj was wrongfully detained for more than six years. The only journalist detained on the Cuban site, he was covering the US war against the Taliban when he was arrested by Pakistani authorities in 2001 on false charges.

He was held without trial and endured torture and interrogation until he was released as an innocent man in May 2008.

exhibition [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]
Personal belongings of our correspondent Tarek Ayob are on display [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]

A highlight of the exhibition is the Still Here installation, where visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the world using virtual and augmented reality technology. Award-winning multimedia project.

Created by AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera’s Emmy-nominated immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, Still Here explores issues of incarceration and gentrification in the United States, working with former incarcerated women It was produced by

By wearing a headset, you can accompany a character named Jasmine Smith as she returns to Harlem, New York City after serving 15 years in prison for murdering her partner in self-defense. The project premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and has won 11 international awards.

exhibition [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]
Visitors use voice with augmented reality in the ‘Still Here’ project [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera]

Guests can also check out 1990s production gear and a small replica of Al Jazeera Studios complete with cameras.

Today, Al Jazeera reaches more than 400 million households across 10+ linear and digital channels in 6 languages ​​and a network of 70+ bureaus worldwide.

Al-Hedfa told Al-Jazeera that the media network has been working with Qatar’s museums to bring the exhibition to life for more than two years.

The exhibition opens on November 2nd and runs through March 25th. Tickets are 50 Qatari Rials ($14), but visitors 16 and under are admitted free.

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