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Middle East: Broadcasting

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the effects of transmissions by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiyya on public perception of the UK in the Middle East. (195622)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office employs two Arabic spokespeople: one in London and one in Dubai, both appear regularly on Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya to put forward the UK’s position. They monitor and report regularly on how UK issues are covered in the Arab media.