This is the story of a mosquito that made a big noise and prevented a whole part of the world from sleeping …
Since the month of November, year of grace 1996, this mosquito took flight from the small state of Qatar and spread at the speed of sound throughout the Arab world and even far beyond the oceans…
With this strange mosquito, we witnessed the miracle of the awakening of an entire nation which regained the taste for debate, after being stunned by the soporific song of the famous royal bumblebees of the region.
Its typical song, infinite, stinging, throbbing and continuous, made the royal bumblebee’s song totally inaudible and gave nightmares to the powerful potentates of this part of the world who were not few in number.
They did everything they could to silence it, they tried to crush it with boots and billions, even accused it of spreading rabies… Nothing could make it, the mosquito was still there enjoying an insolent health, making even small ones, present today, in the great capitals of the world…
Where they are perfectly acclimatised…
This mosquito with extraordinary abilities, as you may have guessed, is none other than the Al Jazeera news channel.
Faithful to the free song that disturbs, and true to itself, the Al Jazeera channel, by dint of denouncing arbitrariness and lies, has finally won a resounding victory in the face of injustice from a ruthless dictator who strangely answers to the sweet name of an Austro-Hungarian empress of romance and who also happens to be, strangely, the anagram of the name of the goddess Isis.
By dint of perseverance and awareness-raising, Al Jazeera obtained the release of her journalist, Mahmoud Hussein, who had spent four years in pre-trial detention for daring to tell the truth.
Indeed, the whole story of this channel is told through the episode of the arrest and release of Mahmoud Hussein.
What would the channel be without its determined men and women on the ground, whatever the cost, to inform the Arab world and, beyond, the whole world, about what is happening and which one tries to disguise, conceal or even reverse the facts, in order to transfigure the truth in the service of the powerful and the tyrant ?
Mahmoud Hussein, Egyptian, represents this insular microcosm of Al Jazeera, which brings together human samples from all over the Arab world, each representing a cause, hopes, aspirations, but all driven by this thirst for information that underlies such a strong thirst for justice and freedom.
Jazeera is only the addition: rigorously professional and so human, of all these wills, these consciences which, once united, have singularly represented the most alive, demanding and relevant thing in the Arab conscience.
Today, through Mahmoud Hussein‘s release, he who was unjustly imprisoned on demagogic pretexts, Al Jazeera triumphs over its detractors who predicted its decline from 2017, betting on the weakening and fall of Qatar.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Indeed, thanks to sacrifices of the “mosquitos” of this channel, tireless reporters willing to risk their lives in every corner where injustice, totalitarianism and arbitrariness are rife, that Al Jazeera, following the example of Qatar, strengthened in its sovereign policy, can hold its head high by pursuing the path of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, to its viewers around the world.
From the very beginning of its rise, the channel was disturbing by its freedom of tone and the quality of information it revealed to the world every day, to such an extent that it disturbed the Americans by their fair treatment of the second war against Iraq.
As for the Arab countries, they were annoyed to see a free forum to discuss current affairs without filters, without censorship of complacency, without the institutional brakes that the Arab states have imposed on the media since independence.
Meetings especially dedicated to free Arab channels were organised, on many occasions, in the name of pan-Arab consultation, to study ways and means to silence these disruptive elements.
In terms of free Arab channels, only Al Jazeera was targeted, which no one has been able, up to now, to dethrone.
Al Jazeera embodies, like the United States at their birth four centuries ago, this ideal of freedom and emancipation that the Arab nation carries, and its journalists are none other than the scouts who precede the children of a new Arab world, on the road to regain freedom and dignity.
Our society needs more than ever the bites of this mosquito, which is indispensable for the emergence of contradictory debate and truth.