Arab Satellite Television and Politics in the Middle East
The new media scene of many satellite TV stations stands in marked contrast with a long tradition of state-controlled television. In many instances, although several of the emerging channels are private, private ownership has not necessarily guaranteed the diversity of content. In fact, broadcasting has switched from a public to a private monopoly with a relatively narrow margin of freedom. There is no doubt that ideology and national agendas still form an important force in satellite channels in general and news broadcasting in particular. However, one should not fail to note the emergence of a more critical tendency in television, not only on the part of the news practitioners, but also on the part of the viewers. While in the past, public life as projected by TV was dominated by representations of state power and authority, the new public sphere that is emerging is more heterogeneous and less authoritative. The political effects of the media cannot be studied in isolation, but has to be understood within the larger socio-cultural setting of the region. Satellite TV is not only creating a community of participants, but also fostering a mediated communication between the representations of different forces in society.
External LinkGU-Q Library: https://wrlc-gu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991000519839704111&context=L&vid=01WRLC_GUNIV:QATAR&search_scope=DN_and_CI&tab=Everything&lang=en
This item is currently unavailable in DigitalGeorgetown due to copyright restrictions by the publisher.
Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Zayani, Mohamed (Sage, 2006)The question as to what dictates the choices of various media outlets and what guides the professional practices of journalists when reporting on international military crises is particularly pertinent when considering ...