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Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 192
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    Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media
    Book Description:

    The Arab world is currently undergoing a radical media revolution, with the launch of numerous satellite and cable channels. The era of state-controlled media is coming to an end as privately-owned channels emerge. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the broadcasting similarities and differences between Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra. It is distinct in its focus on both the discursive practices of these channels and the sociological aspects that contribute to their formation.Key Features*provides a critical overview of the development of Arab media*examines the aims, objectives and programmes of Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya*explores the impact of these channels on the Arabic public sphere*compares their broadcasting strategies, programmes and use of language*includes comparative case studies of their coverage of the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, and the period following the 2003 invasion of Iraq

    eISBN: 978-0-7486-4699-9
    Subjects: Performing Arts

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-8)

    Before the war on Afghanistan in 2001, Arab media was almost unheard of; however, Al-Jazeera’s monopoly over the coverage of the war on Afghanistan has put Arab media on the map. While some people have struggled to grasp the reasons behind the long silence of the Arab media, others have shown a positive attitude towards the new development of media outlets in this turbulent part of the world.

    Since the independence of most of the Arab countries, the role of the media, both print and audio-visual, has been to safeguard Arabic culture and unity. This phase has witnessed tight control...

  5. Chapter 1 Historical Development of the Arab Media
    (pp. 9-50)

    Recent developments in the Arab media have taken the world by surprise. The monopoly of Al-Jazeera over the coverage of the war on Afghanistan is one of the main developments that Arab channels have witnessed most recently. The launch of Al-Jazeera English, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya is but one example of the rapid growth of Arab media. This growth came as a result of various political, social and economic changes that hit the Arab world. A brief historical review is useful to help understand and contextualise this development of the Arab media.

    The media came into existence in Arab societies during...

  6. Chapter 2 Globalisation, Democracy and the Arab Media
    (pp. 51-78)

    Before we embark on any discussion of the relationship between globalisation and democracy on the one hand, and the impact of globalisation on the Arab media on the other, we need first to provide a definition of globalisation. Al-Jabri (2002: 134 in Mellor 2007: 12) defined globalisation as:

    a world without a nation-state, or without a nation and without a state. It is a world of corporations and networks; a world of subjects or ‘doers’, those in control, and objects of consumption imposed on them, be it the consumption of food, drinks, canned products, images, data, movement and even silence....

  7. Chapter 3 Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya: Different Channels or Three Sides of the Same Triangle?
    (pp. 79-118)

    Most of the Western media pride themselves on the fact that they provide impartial, fair and free coverage of news. Objectivity is at the heart of Western media practices and it is a concept which goes hand in hand with the right to freedom of expression and the right to communicate. Objectivity is a concept that was lacking in some Arab media because of their unfailing support for governments; however, the launch of Al-Jazeera has changed this and the channel considers objectivity part and parcel of its broadcasting practices. This is clearly articulated in the channel’s motto, ‘The Opinion and...

  8. Chapter 4 The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict
    (pp. 119-154)

    The aim of this chapter is to provide an in-depth textual analysis of the coverage of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006. Based on this analysis we will try to establish the inextricable link between language and the socio-cultural and political ideologies that contribute to the production of discourse. Some of these ideologies are represented through language. Language as a means of communication can be used to influence opinion and change readers’ attitudes, especially during conflicts. Such an influence could have a great impact on the way we perceive others, and could have detrimental effects on the harmony...

  9. Conclusion
    (pp. 155-160)

    The Arab media has developed slowly since the independence of most Arab countries. Its development has been impeded by a variety of factors, some of which still exist. It may be said that audio-visual media has developed rapidly and gained popularity and recognition across the Arab world. Radio, in particular, was and is still the main source of news and information in most Arab countries. Radio’s popularity can be traced to the high level of illiteracy that gripped the Arab world. Illiteracy had a great impact on the development of print media, as a high proportion of Arab people could...

  10. Notes
    (pp. 161-162)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 163-174)
  12. Index
    (pp. 175-178)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 179-184)