CIJ letter to Al Jazeera to reinstate Everywoman

Al Jazeera's Everywoman show is off the air, despite having raised important and relevant issues confronting women around the world.



The Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia notes with concern Al-Jazeera's decision to take Everywoman off the air, with effect this this month.

The show has depicted serious and timely issues in the many societies that confront women. In Malaysia, the Everywoman team featured the issues of apostacy, women in politics and sexual abuse brilliantly in ways that the local media are unwilling or unprepared to do. The spaces provided by the programme for public discussion and debate are so valuable and especially to raise the agenda of women's rights and access at a higher level in terms of public discourse.

The decision to stop the programme, which started in November 2006, is surprising given that some of its topics garnered significant visits in the Youtube, for example, the show on Apostacy in Malaysia has 76,490 viewers. What are the reasons for the suspension of the show? CIJ can only speculate that the decision is motivated by pressures against alternative and critical documentation of religion, culture and politics.

CIJ appeals to Al Jazeera to reconsider its decision and to reinstate the show.

We wish to praise the Everywoman team across the world and extend our support for the good work they have done.


See some of the shows on Youtube here , here and here on the Malaysian issues. If you want to share your views, send your email to

Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Executive Director
Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia