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Up Next: An Iranian Al-Jazeera

Jonathan Schanzer

According to Reuters, Iran is set to launch a 24-hour English-language satellite news channel next week to rival Western channels.

“They (Western outlets) don’t usually cover the whole story,” complains one Iranian official. “The news about Iraq does not cover all perspectives. The news about Palestine and Beirut is also like this,” he said.

Ironically, satellite dishes are officially banned in Iran. Thus, while Ahmadinejad seeks to provide an alternative to Western news for Westerners, options remain limited for disgruntled Iranians at home.