The full range of Al Jazeera English’s news, programmes and online output is being used to reflect on the life and death of Nelson Mandela.
Correspondents Haru Mutasa and Tania Page were live in Johannesburg and Soweto immediately after his passing was announced, relaying the grief on the ground.
They will be joined by South Africans Mike Hanna and Jonah Hull. Hanna is a veteran journalist, noted for his coverage from the country during apartheid and the post-apartheid transition.
Live reaction is being broadcast from across Africa - with crews in Nairobi, Juba, Abuja, Dhaka, and Goma - and the world - Washington DC, Paris and Beijing.
The channel’s programmes are also discussing his legacy. I Knew Mandela tells the story of his life through the eyes of the people who were close to him, including Winnie Mandela, Zinzi Mandela, Graca Michel and Desmond Tutu.
- Accuses Israeli opposition to deal as a “smoke screen”
- Denies there were any secret back channels with the Americans
- Says Iran will continue nuclear enrichment within the framework
Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has told Al Jazeera’s Talk To Al Jazeera that Israel have been using their opposition to the Geneva agreements between Iran and P5+1 talks as a smoke screen to divert attention from facts on the ground in Palestine.
Javad Zarif told Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra:
"If this deal is to ensure Iran never produces nuclear weapons which is the aim of this deal and it’s an aim that we share, why should they (Israelis) be worried, other than the fact that they have been trying to use the smoke screen in order to evade and divert international attention from their atrocities against the Palestinians, their daily violations of most basic tenets of international law and the fact that they remain the single most important security threat to this region and to the world."
Israeli authorities are obstructing Christians from worship, misleading millions of pilgrim tourists and minimising tour times in Nazareth and Bethlehem, according to claims by Church leaders and local Palestinian Christians.
In Forbidden Pilgrimage, a new documentary airing on Al Jazeera, Archbishop Atallah Hanna and Archimandrite Milatios Basal, leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, recount personal incidents of persecution by authorities and extremists, as well incidents with other clergy and congregation members.
“Security is used as an excuse to stop worshippers entering the Church…I was prohibited from entering the Church many times although I’m a local priest.”
- Archimandrite Milatios Basal
Al Jazeera English ‘Correspondent’ takes a personal journey into Jewish identity in America
Doha, 21 November 2013: In the first ever two-part episode of Al Jazeera English’s Correspondent series, Identity and Exile, correspondent Mathew Cassel explores how Judaism and Zionism have become inextricably linked in his own personal life - and whether this is the case across America. It is the first two-part Correspondent series.
Matthew was raised Jewish in America, and faced alienation by his family and local Jewish community after protesting in support of Palestinian rights. This personal rejection triggered a journey to understand more about Judaism and Zionism in America. Matthew travels back to his native Chicago and talks to local rabbis, friends and family. He asks them why as Jews, they believe it’s important to maintain support for Israel – at any cost. He also explores how support for Israel has come to define his own family and community, and talks to other Jewish rabbis, journalists and advocates who are involved in the debate around this issue.
- Al Jazeera English HD on channel 108
- First time channel will be available in HD
Al Jazeera English HD has launched today on Freeview, the UK’s biggest TV platform. It is the first time anywhere in the world that the channel is available in HD.
The announcement comes as the UK regulator OFCOM announced a launch of a total of 10 new HD channels freed up by the switch off of analogue TV. ”Al Jazeera is already on all the major TV platforms in the UK, the fact we now will be operating on Freeview in HD further enhances our distribution across the country,” said Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera English.
"Al Jazeera English has a pedigree for providing our viewers cutting edge news and programmes from our world-class journalists. Providing this on Freeview HD showcases these news and programmes at their very best.”
The launch will be phased with transmitter sites being switched in major population areas between 26th November 2013 and June 2014.
Al Jazeera English HD is on Freeview HD channel 108
Al Jazeera English is also available on Sky Guide channel 514, Freesat channel 203, Freeview channel 83, Virgin Media channel 622.
- Calls on Congress to legislate after NSA revelations
- Calls the NSA revelations: “Incredibly damaging and embarrassing to the US”
- Calls on US government to confirm whether Microsoft might have allowed its encryption to be circumvented by the NSA
- Calls Edward Snowden “a hero.”
(Doha - November 25th) Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia and internet entrepreneur’ told Al Jazeera’s Head to Head that the revelations that the NSA has spied on people are “Incredibly damaging and embarrassing to the US”.
Wales told Head to Head host Mehdi Hasan and an audience at the Oxford Union that President Obama and the US congress should rein in the NSA, which has been accused of archiving and accessing online communications inside and outside the USA:
"It makes it very difficult for someone like me to go out as I do speak to people in authoritarian countries and say: You shouldn’t be spying on activists, you shouldn’t be censoring the internet, when we [in the US] are complicit in these acts of extraordinary intrusion into peoples personal lives.
“What is more important is that we have a public debate that we didn’t have before we started doing this. I think if you put it to a vote to the general public, they would have never approved this sweeping surveillance program, this is something that was rejected decades before when we started thinking about phone tapping. It’s definitely time for a major re-evaluation.”
Earthrise and The Cure awarded for their fresh approach to reporting on environment and health issues
Doha, 20 November 2013: The Foreign Press Association has recognised Al Jazeera English for its innovative health and environment programmes at its annual media awards ceremony in London yesterday.
Commenting on the win, Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera; “Al Jazeera English has consistently provided a refreshing approach to reporting in health and environment issues. We are proud to be recognised for this for the second year.”
Both programmes are produced by the same Al Jazeera English team based in the UK. Series editor Neil Cairns commented, “Rather than just report on the problems, both series provide an upbeat style, highlighting the innovative work in the areas of health and environment”.