WORLDPOST
02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah Brings Taboo Topics To The Middle East (VIDEO)

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Satellite television has reached even conservative parts of the Arab world, where hundreds of programs are now available. The Middle East's MBC-4 began airing "The Oprah Winfrey Show" more than four years ago, and the program now reaches about 6 million viewers in the Arab world each day.

Though aimed at an American audience, the program has brought formerly taboo topics -- like reproduction or homosexuality -- into discussion.

Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie reports from Jordan on the "Oprah effect" in the Middle East.

Read her blog post about her reporting experience here: Watching Oprah in a Syrian refugee camp.

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