By its constant interviewing of political opponents, Al Jazeera infuriated virtually all Arab heads of state, and western leaders alike. Some of its bureaux were closed, and diplomatic relations were (temporarily) severed.
Meanwhile, a new front (and new challenges) has opened for all the dramatis personae
For governments, this is a battle which – in the long run – can only be lost.
* Olivier Da Lage is an author and journalist.