Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة referring to the Qatar Peninsula in context) is a Qatari government-funded international Arabic-language news channel based in Doha, capital of Qatar, and operated by the media conglomerate Al Jazeera Media Network. The flagship of the network, its station identification, is Al Jazeera.

The network is sometimes perceived to have mainly Islamist perspectives, promoting the Muslim Brotherhood, and having a pro-Sunni and an anti-Shia bias in its reporting of regional issues. Al Jazeera insists it covers all sides of a debate and says it presents Israeli views and Iranian views with equal objectivity. The channel’s willingness to broadcast no holds barred views, for example on call-in shows, created controversies in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. Al Jazeera was additionally the only channel to cover the war in Afghanistan live. Al Jazeera has also aired videos released by Osama bin Laden and received a journalism award by Hamas.

The patent holding is a “private foundation for public benefit” under Qatari law.[definition needed][10] Under this organisational structure, the parent receives funding from the government of Qatar but maintains its editorial independence.In June 2017, the Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini, and Egyptian governments insisted on the closure of the entire conglomerate as one of thirteen demands made to the Government of Qatar during the Qatar diplomatic crisis. Other media networks[which?] have spoken out in support of the network. According to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera presents a far more moderate, Westernized face than Islamic jihadism or rigid Sunni orthodoxy and though the network has been criticized as “an ‘Islamist’ stalking horse”, it actually features “very little specifically religious content in its broadcasts.” The channel is considered by some to be a propaganda channel of the Qatari government.