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Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar's Al-jazeera: The Story Of The Network That Is Rattling PDF

By Mohammed El-nawawy, Adel Iskandar

ISBN-10: 0813341493

ISBN-13: 9780813341491

Al-Jazeera, the self sufficient, all-Arab tv information community established in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab global within the occasions following September eleven, 2001. Arabic for "the island," Al-Jazeera has "scooped" the western media conglomerates again and again. With its unique entry to Osama Bin encumbered and participants of the Taliban, its popularity used to be burnished fast via its publicity on CNN. through the 2003 battle in Iraq, Al-Jazeera looked to be all over the place, reporting dramatic tales and photographs, at the same time it strived to keep up its independence as a global unfastened press information community. Al-Jazeera sheds mild at the historical past of the community: the way it operates, the courses it proclaims, its results on Arab audience, the reactions of the West and Arab states, the results for the way forward for information broadcasting within the heart East, and its fight for a unfastened press and public opinion within the Arab international.

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Third, do Qatari officials genuinely believe in freedom of information, or are they using Al-Jazeera as a public relations tool to enhance their country's image overseas? And fourth, how can Al-Jazeera and similar media networks help foster better understanding between the United States and the Arab world? Although there are no definitive answers to these questions, Al-Jazeera has set new standards for freedom for all the other Arab satellite networks. Credibility, audience size, and financial resources will serve as the essential criteria for the survivability of Al-Jazeera as well as other Arab satellite networks in the immediate future.

First, they feel that foreign, and especially Western, values could undermine their traditions and roots. Second, they need to maintain citizens' respect for their leaders, who govern predominantly by tribal and religious guidelines. Support for freedom of the media is circumscribed by local tenets, the traditional and often cited "national interest" being one example. A MAJOR LEAGUE CHANNEL IN A MINOR LEAGUE COUNTRY 43 For the Arab satellite networks that have sprung up in the past decade and attempt to compete with Al-Jazeera, many spice up political coverage by adding a lineup of political debates, talk shows, and social comment—this after mind-numbing years of drab propaganda, endless soap operas, and outdated cabaret acts.

In fact, an official from AlJazeera estimated that subscriptions to Arabic satellite services have increased by more than 300 percent in the month following September 11. It is no longer accurate to claim that Arab audiences are impacted mostly by the long-standing satellite networks out of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Instead, those countries' officials, in an attempt to court Al-Jazeera, and despite reservations about programming and content, have started to collaborate with Al-Jazeera. For example, the Egyptian government has since allowed Al-Jazeera to use its studios and facilities for its programming.

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