Al-Jazeera is marking this year's 9/11 anniversary by airing the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth film "9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out," after heavily promoting it by airing previews of it throughout the preceding week.
Since the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Arab and Iranian media and think tanks have embraced Western conspiracy theorists, together with their theories on the attacks – for example, shortly after MEMRI launched the Archives, French conspiracy theorist and author Theirry Meyssan delivered a lecture titled "Who Masterminded the Attacks of September 11" at the Arab League think tank The Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow Up. The promotion of such theories and theorists in the region continues to this day.
From the first days following 9/11, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has been following, and documenting, content from the Middle East and South Asia media on the attacks of that day. Many of the initial reactions in these media – from prominent journalists, academics, politicians, and leading religious figures, as well as from officials in the governments of Arab countries – centered on conspiracy theories implicating the Jews, Israel and/or the Mossad; U.S. leaders, the CIA, the FBI, and/or the National Security Council; Christians and/or the Vatican; the U.K.; white supremacist groups; and others.
- To visit the Updated MEMRI TV 9/11 Documentation Project Website, click here .
- To visit the Updated MEMRI 9/11 Documentation Project Website, click here .
September 11, 2001 also marks the emergence of the reform movement in the Arab and Muslim world. Following the attacks, intellectuals, writers, journalists, associations, and reform websites and organizations, in ever-growing numbers, began calling for reform – which resulted ultimately, years later, in the Arab Spring.
The MEMRI 9/11 Documentation Project Archives constitute the foremost repository for translated research material from the Arab and Muslim world on 9/11, providing primary sources and translated research – including video clips, print and online media, and more – for governments, legislatures, media, and academia worldwide. As the events of 9/11 become a topic of study in curricula in the Arab and Muslim world, MEMRI will cover schoolbooks as well.
The countries/regions covered by the project are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, and Yemen.
Currently, the MEMRI 9/11 Documentation Project Archives include hundreds of translations and analyses from over 75 print media sources. Also included are over 500 minutes (to date) of translated MEMRI TV clips, from some 100 channels Arab and Iranian TV channels, including Al-Jazeera, Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV, Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV, and many others.
While most new 9/11 content is published and released on the date of September 11 and in the days and weeks that follow, the MEMRI 9/11 Documentation Project Archives are updated throughout the year.