Al-Jazeera more popular than sex

In spite of being mostly knocked offline, the Web site of Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera was among the most sought-after on the Internet last week. The Web portal Lycos reported that "Al-Jazeera" and variant spellings became its top search term last week, with three times more searches than "sex."

Al-Jazeera drew intense interest from Web surfers after it carried Iraqi TV footage of dead and captive U.S. soldiers in Iraq. U.S. television networks had decided not to air footage of the corpses. Al-Jazeera later honored a U.S. request to stop until families could be notified, a statement from the network said.

The Internet's leading search engine, Google, said "Al-Jazeera" was the term that showed the greatest increase in the week ending March 31. Google does not report absolute rankings of search terms.

News source: CNN

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