Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media by El Mustapha Lahlali

By El Mustapha Lahlali

The Arab global is present process a media revolution, brought on through the release of diverse, privately-owned satellite tv for pc and cable television channels. This booklet follows 3 dominant Arab media channels--Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra, and Al-Arabia--as they've got grown in significance and presence after the occasions of 11th of September. It surveys the trendy heritage of Arab media; the goals, goals, and courses of Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Hurra, and Al-Arabia; and the similarities and ameliorations among those channels' broadcasting. the quantity explores the effect of non-public media at the Arabic public sphere, the yank and eu media's impact on Arab programming, the media legislation lower than which Arab media operates, the problem of kingdom keep watch over and possession, and the level of such impression at the dissemination of loose and reasonable info.

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We should agree with Amin (2007) in thinking that the new technological changes taking place across the globe will make the issue of censorship and control of information a thing of the past. But, there again, we should not lose sight of the fact that in global media market, where competition over market share is increasing by the day, and where objectivity and impartiality are essentials for media survival, both the regional and local media need to adapt to this new culture in order to protect their market and audience.

The internet is used as the prime channel to mobilise the Arab and Muslim public against the occupation of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also used as a powerful tool to show their ruthless and aggressive actions. This has taken several forms such as the beheading of journalists, and carrying out bold attacks on the US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. One could conclude from the above discussion that Islamic groups have used the internet to advance their causes and justify their actions.

The mushrooming of the media in Iraq ‘reflects different established and emerging voices in Iraq’ (Kraidy and Khalil 2009: 30). Examples of these channels are Al-Zawra’, Alsumaria, Al-Fayha’ and Al-Sharqiya. The ownership of these channels by Iraqi factions could have some knock-on effects on the dissemination of news and information of national interest. Small newspapers will be interested in serving the interests of their groups, and this might have some repercussions on national unity. Unlike Syria and Iraq, Jordan’s press laws are relaxed and private media is allowed to operate freely, though not entirely.

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