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Al-Jazeera in print: bold plan for pan-Arab newspaper takes shape 1 April 2007

Posted by foray in al-jazeera, newspaper, newspapers.
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Al-Jazeera’s foray into print media appears to be on track with official confirmation that Abdel Wahab Badrakhan will be the editor of its pan-Arab newspaper.

Badrakhan today addressed the annual journalistic gab fest that is The Al Jazeera Forum. Details of what he told the audience are sketchy at this point and come from a number of bloggers reporting from the invitation-only event.

News Dissector’s raw jottings on the Badrakhan speech noted:

Spreading democracy in this part of the world has been disappointing. Sees Blogs as offering background on reality of situation.

Some intriguing remarks on the AIG blog suggest there are plans for something larger:

Al Jazeera is also developing new ways of reaching audiences. The network is planning to launch an international newspaper. It will be in markets around the world, including China, according to sources at the Network.

Badrakhan was previously editor of the Saudi-backed al-Hayat published in London. According to Qatar daily Gulf Times, the new al-Jazeera newspaper will be launched in September 2007.

The official 3rd Annual Al Jazeera Forum blog is here. Ethan Zuckerman and Muhammad Karim are also providing updates from the forum. Photos from the event, complete with irreverent commentary, are available here. Short mobile-phone film clips of the Forum’s ambushed participants are here.

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