Al Arabiya is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America
Al Arabiya (Arabic: العربية, transliterated: al-ʿArabiyyah or al-ʻArabīyah; meaning “The Arabic One” or “The Arab One”[n 1]) is a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel broadcast in Modern Standard Arabic.
History and profile
A free-to-air channel, Al Arabiya broadcasts standard newscasts as well as talk shows and documentaries. These programs cover current affairs, business and financial markets, and sports. It is rated among the top pan-Arab stations by Middle East audiences. The channel has been criticized for having a “pro-Saudi agenda”, and it was once banned in Iraq by the US-installed Governing Council for “incitement to murder” after broadcasting audio tapes of Saddam Hussein.
Content and Al Jazeera rivalry
Some[according to whom?] believe that Al Arabiya was created to be a direct competitor of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera. As a response to Al Jazeera’s criticism of the Saudi royal family throughout the 1990s, relatives of the Saudi royal family established Al Arabiya in Dubai in 2002. According to a 2008 New York Times profile of Al Arabiya director Abdul Rahman Al Rashed, the channel works “to cure Arab television of its penchant for radical politics and violence”, with Al Jazeera as its main target. Al Arabiya is said to be the second most frequently watched channel after Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia.
Al Arabiya broadcast the email messages of Syrian president Bashar Assad in 2012 that were leaked by opposition hackers. The channel’s English language website also obtained emails which revealed that PR agency BLJ were behind the infamous positive profile of the Syrian first lady, Asma Assad, in Vogue magazine while her husband’s regime was responsible for the crushing of peaceful demonstrations in 2011.