|Man in a Desert||
Today marks the 14th anniversary of the launch of Al Jazeera. I am proud to be one of the original founding staff of this network. In my time I've been involved with many groundbreaking events and projects; the War of Lebanon documentary, the first of its kind in the Arab world, various news events and I'm happy to be the first to produce a program in December 2009 where the archive material was downloaded online in its entirety. No tapes were involved.
My eldest son was the first to be born to an Al Jazeera employee.
And I hold the distinction among my founding colleagues of having seen Al Jazeera when it was nothing but a concrete shell as it was being built! That was back in the Spring of 1996 when I was in Doha on assignment for the BBC.
As I write these words a celebration is being held at Al Jazeera to mark the 14th anniversary and honor those who have been there for 5 years. So congratulations to them.
But for me Al Jazeera transcends celebrations; I wish it many truly happy and successful returns and hope it becomes the beacon of progress in a region so filled with trouble and yet positively brimming with promising potential.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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