Al-Jabouri won’t say which satellites will carry his channel’s signal, but he claims one can be seen in the U.S. and promises that much of the future material will include English narrations or subtitles. “We are really interested that the American audience will know what their government is doing in Iraq,” he says.

Lawrence Pintak is director of the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism at The American University in Cairo and author of Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas.


Lawrence Pintak is founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University; a former CBS News Middle East correspondent; and creator of the free online Poynter course, Covering Islam in America. His most recent book is The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil.