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The News Hits The Arab Media

And the Arab media runs nature documentaries in response. From the AP:

And while the news broke into most major Arab station’s programming, some state TV stations largely ignored it: Government-run TV stations in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen continued with regular programming even as al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera were flashing alerts.

Those countries’ stations normally are slow to report breaking news because it first needs to be cleared by officials.

In Yemen, the official TV showed an archaeological program, followed by scenic views of Yemen and then an Egyptian soap opera 90 minutes after the news emerged.

In Saudi Arabia, a program on the importance of women remaining connected to their environment was playing on the official station one hour after the news broke elsewhere.

And in Syria, a government-run station showed a call-in program that deals with citizens’ concerns. News of al-Zarqawi’s death appeared only in a news bar running at the bottom of the screen.

And don’t miss this at the end:

“This is the most important news not only in the past few weeks but also for the next few weeks,” said Nabil al-Khatib, executive editor of the Dubai-based satellite Al-Arabiya TV.

“Al-Zarqawi has been a key player not only in Iraq but also in the whole region. Therefore, his absence will have an impact on the course of political developments,” he told The Associated Press.

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