July 28, 2004

REPLACE CNN:

US-Funded Alhurra Television Wins Over Viewers In Iraq (SPX, Jul 20, 2004

A new survey of Iraq conducted by Oxford Research International shows that 61 percent of Iraqi adults had watched the new US-funded Arabic language TV channel Alhurra (Arabic for "The Free One") in the previous week. Since it launched on February 14, 2004, Alhurra has quickly established itself as an important resource for Iraqis to get their news - 19 percent of those surveyed cited Alhurra as one of their top three sources of information.

Of those people who watch Alhurra, 64 percent found the news to be 'very' or 'somewhat' reliable. The results are based on face-to-face interviews with adults (over the age of 15) in Iraq between May 19 and June 14, 2004, four months after Alhurra first aired.

Alhurra is the latest and most technologically advanced television organization to enter the crowded Middle East satellite television market. The satellite channel is a 24-hour news and information network broadcast entirely in Arabic. It can be seen in 22 countries throughout the region via Arabsat and Nilesat, the same satellite systems used by all major Arabic channels.

In April 2004, a second channel was added called Alhurra Iraq specifically for Iraqi audiences. The new channel was available by satellite during the time of the survey.


That's better than our networks do among Americans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2004 3:20 PM
Comments

I'm sorry, but NPR has told me repeatedly that the Iraqis don't trust Alhurra, which is the mouthpiece of the occupiers. These Iraqis must be mistaken.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 28, 2004 10:33 PM
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