Commitment

Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 2012

Al jazeera Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 2012

Al Jazeera is one of the world’s leading media corporations, encompassing news, documentary and sport channels.

 

Al Jazeera started out more than fifteen years ago as the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to covering and uncovering stories in the region. It is now media network consisting of over twenty channels – Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera Mubasher, Al Jazeera Documentary, the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.

This year it will also launch Turkish and Kiswahili language news channels. The network has an extensive newsgathering reach with over seventy bureaus across all the continents of the world.

 

Al Jazeera’s indepth global approach to journalism, allied with a commitment to giving ‘voice to the voiceless’, has won it numerous awards and plaudits over the years. In the last year alone, Al Jazeera English has picked up the Columbia Journalism Award, a DuPont award, and Best News Channel for the third year running from UK’s Freesat. It was also nominated for the fourth consecutive year as RTS News Channel of the Year.

 

Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani

Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani is Director General of the Al Jazeera Network, one of the world’s leading media corporations, encompassing news, documentary and sport channels.

 

Mr Al Thani has significant international and business experience. Prior to taking up post at Al Jazeera, he had been a member of the most senior decision making body at Qatargas, where he led an array of capital projects. His industrial background includes experience in France and the USA, and he holds degrees from numerous institutions worldwide including Imperial College (UK) and the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business (US).