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At the end of the 19th century, Qatar became an intermediary vantage point for the British fleet. The region gained significance with the discovery and ensuing exploitation of oil and gas fields in the first half of the 20th century. Today, though a small state on the Persian Gulf, Qatar takes in a prominent position in the region as a major oil and gas producing country.
Al Jazeera’s culture is not as open and tolerant as it is often made out to be. On the contrary, the organization comes across as secretive and close-mouthed, suffering from cronyism and ‘a feeling that the margin of freedom inside the network has been receding lately’. Its claim to independence is ‘taken with a grain of salt by some of its own staff’.