Al-Jazeera: Inside the Arab News Network that Rattles Governments and Redefines Modern Journalism / Edition 1

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Overview

Al-Jazeera, the independent, all-Arab television news network based in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab world in the events following September 11, 2001. Arabic for "the island," Al-Jazeera has "scooped" the western media conglomerates many times. With its exclusive access to Osama Bin Laden and members of the Taliban, its reputation was burnished quickly through its exposure on CNN. During the 2003 war in Iraq, Al-Jazeera seemed to be everywhere, reporting dramatic stories and images, even as it strived to maintain its independence as an international free press news network. Al-Jazeera sheds light on the background of the network: how it operates, the programs it broadcasts, its effects on Arab viewers, the reactions of the West and Arab states, the implications for the future of news broadcasting in the Middle East, and its struggle for a free press and public opinion in the Arab world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813341491
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Mohammed el-Nawawy, Egyptian born and raised, has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and the U.S. The author of The Israeli-Egyptian Peace Process in the Reporting of Western Journalists, he is an assistant professor of Communications at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Adel Iskander, an Egyptian-Canadian, is an expert on Middle East media. He has conducted studies on viewership of Arab media and the use of North American media by Arab immigrants. He has lived in Kuwait and in Egypt for many years, and currently teaches communication at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Mohammed el-Nawawy, Egyptian born and raised, has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and the U.S. The author of The Israeli-Egyptian Peace Process in the Reporting of Western Journalists, he is an assistant professor of Communications at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Adel Iskander, an Egyptian-Canadian, is an expert on Middle East media. He has conducted studies on viewership of Arab media and the use of North American media by Arab immigrants. He has lived in Kuwait and in Egypt for many years, and currently teaches communication at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 We Are What We Watch 1
2 A Major League Channel in a Minor League Country 21
3 The Battle for the Arab Mind 45
4 Big Voice, Tiny Country: Al-Jazeera in Qatar 71
5 Boxing Rings: Al-Jazeera's Talk Shows 91
6 Hero or Heretic? Al-Jazeera and Arab Governments 113
7 Al-Jazeera Scoops the World 143
8 Al-Jazeera and the West: The Love-Hate Relationship 175
Epilogue 197
Notes 217
Sources and References 225
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    A Sensitive and Balanced biography of Arab media

    The first published account of the station that is raising eyebrows worldwide is a sensitive look at a people's desire for freedom of expression. The first chapter is an amazing glimpse into the struggles of Arab and Muslim immigrants to define their identity through the lens of the media, in this case Al-Jazeera. I think the authors are suggesting that it is only through severe tribulations that Al-Jazeera has come to represent the aspirations of Arabs worldwide. A mature and reasoned assessment of Al-Jazeera's past, present and future. Hats off for a book that doesnt force an agenda down readers' throats.

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