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Baghdad Boo-Yah Al Jazeera at Roland Garros

June 07, 2004
June 07, 2004

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June 7, 2004

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Baghdad Boo-Yah Al Jazeera at Roland Garros

Move over, ESPN: Last week the new Al Jazeera Sports Channel
beamed up to eight hours of daily French Open coverage to North
Africa and the Middle East, including Iraq. Unlike its
controversial news partner, though, Al Jazeera Sports vows to
avoid politics. It didn't even shield its Muslim viewers from
Serena Williams's pink hot pants. "But we don't do beach
volleyball women," said the network's Ivan Blum. "It's too much."
There's one other line Al Jazeera Sports won't cross. With all
the footage on "the other channel" of Israeli troops battling
Palestinians, said producer Faris Zaki, to show Israeli
players--Harel Levy, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi--would be "painful.
Everyone will be against us."

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