Al-Alam News Network
|Al Alam News Network|
|Launched||23 February 2003|
|Owned by||Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting|
576i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Winning the Trust of Audience|
|Sister channel(s)||Al Kawthar|
|12303 H 27500 3/4|
|11681 H 27500 3/4|
|Eutelsat 8 West C|
|11054 H 27500 3/4|
|11960 V 22000 3/4 |
The network's political coverage tends to be the most popular; however, other subjects, such as commentaries, analysis, business and sports also get a share of the audience. Programs are broadcast for over 300 million Arab people around the world, with large audiences in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean regions. The satellite channel can be received in five continents.
Al-Alam has news bureaus in Tehran, Beirut and Baghdad. Unlike many other channels, Al-Alam can be viewed in Iraq without the use of a satellite receiver, as it is able to use a terrestrial transmitter close to the Iran-Iraq border.
An English language website, known as Alalam News, was launched on August 15, 2006, claiming to disseminate news in an impartial moderate manner.
Alalam News Network launched its Persian website in April 2007 in order to cover news exclusively in the Persian language.
- 1 Political alignment
- 2 Geographical coverage
- 3 Programs
- 3.1 “Maal hadath” (With the event).
- 3.2 “Al-Iraq Alyom” (Iraq Today).
- 3.3 “Men Tehran” (From Tehran)
- 3.4 “Al-Mehwar “(The Pivot)
- 3.5 “Al-ray Alawal” (The Prime Opinion)
- 3.6 “Taht Alramad” (Under the ashes)
- 3.7 “Al-hakika ayn” (Where is the truth)
- 3.8 “Al-Ain Alisraelia” (The Israeli Eye)
- 3.9 “Min Al-Kaherah” (From Cairo)
- 3.10 “Walaken naltaki” (Face to face)
- 3.11 “Horoof” (Letters)
- 3.12 “Manber Al-Joma” (Friday Tribune)
- 3.13 Kathaya Efrikia (African Issues)
- 3.14 “Taht Al-Thoa” (Limelight)
- 3.15 “America Waalalam” (America and the world)
- 3.16 “Ummah Wahidah” (One Ummah)
- 4 Controversies
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
During latest years, and at the zenith of sensitive periods of global and regional developments, and due to its perception and comprehension of its media message in playing a major and effective role in preserving Islamic countries’ independence and security, Al-Alam news channel dedicated a special interest with this respect, the following are excerpts of those media activities:
War against Saddam Hussein
At the first hours of US-led forces attack against Iraq, Al-Alam news channel started its swift and speedy coverage of the developments and events in that Muslim country at a noticeable pace; in addition it dispatched the first pictorial reports about the presence of occupation forces. In view of the fact that international news agencies and mainstream media applauded Al-Alam news channel presence in Iraq, this important and active media apparatus converted to an essential and main news source for the Iraqi nation. Al-Alam news channel played a transparent and accurate role through presenting programs and news analyses in order to enlighten Iraqi public opinion with regard to the process of forming the government in Baghdad in addition to negotiations’ process that led to the signing of st American administration.
33 Day War
On March 30, Al-Alam aired the video of captive Royal Navy personnel. During the 2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel al-Alam reported with regard to British soldiers’ confessions about the infringement of Iran’s maritime sovereignty, Al-Alam news channel had an important portion in covering that incident. It was the forerunner in transmitting British soldiers’ confessions, as well as it was the main and prime source for media coverage in this respect.
When the Gaza War started, Al-Alam suspended its ordinary daily programs and focused on reporting from the Gaza strip. It provided speedy coverage from the sites of battle, whilst attempting to present the Iranian take of the events.
2011 Bahraini protests
During the Shiite anti-government protests in Bahrain, the Al-Alam signal was repeatedly jammed. Allegations all point to the fact that 'Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah', the Saudi Intelligence Agency, has been traced back to for clear and valid evidence of this crime. The jamming attacks were reportedly caused by installations capable of interfering with Al-Alam's frequencies on the Badr satellite from a Saudi transmitter, sources say. This act of sabotage and illegal interference with free media has yet to be addressed in an international case.
Al-Alam news channel covers all parts of the globe, with the exception of the southern part of African continent, using the following 3 satellites: Hotbird 8, Eutelsat 7 West A and Galaxy 19. It is also broadcast terrestrially on VHF channel E4 from high ground near to the Iraqi border.
“Maal hadath” (With the event).
In this political program daily global developments are being discussed and analyzed at the presence of specialized experts or via SNG (satellite news gathering).
“Al-Iraq Alyom” (Iraq Today).
This program tends to discuss Iraq’s political, social and economic issues in the aftermath of occupation by inviting officials and experts from inside and outside Iraq.
“Men Tehran” (From Tehran)
This weekly program spotlights on special reports with regard to the most important Iran’s issues at the presence of high-ranking renowned local officials, in addition to discussing Iran’s political, scientific, cultural and economic developments and their reflections upon international boards.
“Al-Mehwar “(The Pivot)
This program is produced by Al-Alam news channel at its studios in the Palestinian occupied territories, in particular Jerusalem, Gaza and Ramallah cities. In this program, leaders of Palestinian groups inside occupied territories exchange views with regard to the main issues and daily developments on the Palestinian domain.
“Al-ray Alawal” (The Prime Opinion)
A weekly program discusses the more important issues concern Islamic world where respected audience may contribute by their opinions and remarks directly via telephone calls.
“Taht Alramad” (Under the ashes)
A strategic regional issue with potentiality of developing to a crisis or a potential political crisis in the foreseeable future is being probed in this weekly program. Experts are being invited to the program in order to analyze historical roots and the reasons behind the crystallization of the potential crisis.
“Al-hakika ayn” (Where is the truth)
A wide-field research for a regional crisis and a thorough investigation to the reasons and factors that exacerbated it, in order to reach the authentic roots for the crisis with the participation of experts at Al-Alam studios in Beirut or via SNG (Satellite News Gathering).
“Al-Ain Alisraelia” (The Israeli Eye)
With the political experts’ contribution at Al-Alam studios in Beirut, latest developments in Israel that are transmitted by Israeli television stations, discussed, probed and analyzed. (cf. Der schwarze Kanal)
“Min Al-Kaherah” (From Cairo)
A weekly program highlights the latest political, social and cultural developments in Egypt with the contribution from Egyptian experts and analysts.
“Walaken naltaki” (Face to face)
This weekly program investigates the spread of a specific social phenomenon in the Islamic world and the proposed solutions to get rid of it. Different individuals from the society along with experts participate in the program.
This program presents displays and criticizes the latest best political and cultural books at the presence of one of the authors in addition to a renowned critic.
“Manber Al-Joma” (Friday Tribune)
This weekly program is presented every Friday; it does reflect the most important political excerpts during Friday prayers in some of Muslim and Arab countries.
Kathaya Efrikia (African Issues)
Latest political, social and cultural developments in the African Continent are being discussed in this weekly program. In addition, the program probes and investigates the challenges facing the black Continent by effective contribution from concerned experts.
“Taht Al-Thoa” (Limelight)
The program casts a quick glance on political and social issues in addition to the latest daily global developments through SNG (Satellite News Gathering) with interested experts.
“America Waalalam” (America and the world)
A weekly program casts the light on domestic and foreign policies carried out by the American administration with concentration on issues related to the Middle East region and the possible impact of those policies upon this strategic region with direct contribution by experts in United States’ affairs.
“Ummah Wahidah” (One Ummah)
In this weekly program, Muslims’ affairs and challenges they are facing in addition to factors causing unity and division among the Islamic ummah and the solutions’ ways to be undertaken are being discussed with two experts in Islamic nation’s affairs.
Due to the channel has linked with the Islamic regime in Iran, it is accused as an arming channel/tool for the Iranian Government and its propaganda. Critics in the Arab World consider it to have encouraged Shia extremism in the Arab World.
Conviction of correspondents in Israel
On June 14, 2009, a Jerusalem court sentenced a correspondent of Al-Alam, Khodr Shahine, and his assistant, Mohammed Sarhan, to two months imprisonment for reporting on the Israeli land offensive against the Gaza Strip on January 3 prior to the lifting of Israeli military press censorship.
- Iran TV channel targets Iraq, article on the BBC website.
- Iran's leaders harness media power, article on the BBC website.