Over the past couple of years Al Jazeera English has earned a well-deserved reputation for covering stories that other news sources seem to either gloss over or ignore completely. That’s certainly been true of the political upheavals in the Middle East, but it’s also true of a broad range of topics from African development to the role of women in Muslim countries to indigenous rights in the Amazon, all of which they’ve treated with great depth and sensitivity. In April, AJE solidified its place in my heart when it premiered a six-part series called Living the Language.
There’s really not much I can add about these stories, other than that I love that they are not just funeral dirges for dying languages but praise songs for the people fighting to keep them alive. I hope you’ll watch them. Here is the pilot episode, featuring Australian Aboriginal languages.
Every Tuesday AJE adds a new video. So far they’ve aired episodes about the Maya in Guatemala and the Ktunaxa in Canada; today they aired one about the Aymara in Bolivia, and they’ve got Maori set for next week. I think it’s so lovely to give these voices a platform like this, and I hope as many people as possible watch these in-depth, thoughtful, and compelling stories.