Al Jadeed TV Lebanon has come under political pressure on numerous occasions. Started in 1991 as New TV, the only independent secular station in the Arab world, Al Jadeed TV faced frequent political opposition from officials who shut the station down in 1996. The station reacquired its license in 2001.
In 2003, the government suspended broadcasting over a weekly show critical of Saudi Arabia. Also that year, officials suspended the licenses of several journalists and raided the station’s offices after a series of broadcasts exposing corruption among Syrian officials. As of November 2015, the station is involved in a case alleging contempt and obstruction of justice by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in relation to broadcasts exposing flaws in the Tribunal’s witness protection program.