Egyptian Press and Regional Conflicts: The Egyptian Press and Coverage of Local and International Events

Egyptian Press and Regional Conflicts: The Egyptian Press and Coverage of Local and International Events

by Mohamed El-Bendary

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Egyptian Press and Regional Conflicts: The Egyptian Press and Coverage of Local and International Events by Mohamed El-Bendary

The Egyptian press has a large readership and potential influence on public opinion in Egypt and the Arab world. The Egyptian Press and Coverage of Local and International Events analyzes this understudied area. Written in Egypt, the book is formed of five chapters and analyzes in qualitative and quantitative methods close to 300 newspaper and magazine articles. It studies the Egyptian press and investigates the challenges it faces to be compatible with that in the west, and evaluates the renowned book Four Theories of the press and whether today's Egyptian press can fit in one of those theories. It also looks at the concepts of framing and discourse analysis adopted later. The author examines how the Egyptian press framed the Sudanese refugees' riot in Cairo in December 2005 by the top thirteen Egyptian national, independent, and party newspapers. It found that independent and party newspapers enjoy more freedom than national ones in criticizing government and the way police tackled the protest. However, independent newspapers were more vigorous in their criticism than party ones. The author observes that the weekly magazines tended to frame their coverage in a somewhat anti-government slant, accusing authorities and ferry owners of failure and corruption. Finally, the book compares coverage of the Israeli War in Lebanon in July 2006 by Egypt's giant semi-official daily newspaper Al-Ahram with that by two prominent, non-Egyptian pan-Arab dailies Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat. He finds that while Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat, which are owned by Saudi businessmen, portrayed Hizbullah in an unfavorable manner, Al-Ahram was somewhat favorable in its coverage of the Lebanese resistance group.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739124314
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mohamed El-Bendary is a registered columnist at Progressive Media Project.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 The Egyptian Press 1

1.1 National Newspapers 10

1.2 Party Newspapers 12

1.3 Independent Newspapers 14

Notes 17

Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives 21

2.1 Four Theories of the Press 21

2.2 News Framing 23

2.3 Discourse Analysis 25

Notes 27

Chapter 3 Protesters in Pharaohs' Land: Egyptian Newspaper Coverage of the Sudanese Refugees Riot 29

3.1 Introduction 29

3.2 Why this Study? 31

3.3 The Newspapers 31

3.4 Method 34

3.5 Frames 36

3.6 Finding 37

3.7 Conclusion 51

Notes 57

Chapter 4 Who is Responsible? Characterization of the Red Sea Ferry Disaster in Egyptian Magazines 59

4.1 Introduction 59

4.2 Significance of Study 60

4.3 The Magazines 61

4.4 Method 62

4.5 Frames 63

4.6 Results 63

4.7 Conclusion 69

Notes 75

Chapter 5 Images of the 2006 Lebanese War in Al-Ahram, Al-Hayat, and Asharq Al-Awsat 77

5.1 Introduction 77

5.2 The Newspapers 79

5.3 Method 81

5.4 Frames 81

5.5 Finding 82

5.6 Conclusion 97

Notes 101

Chapter 6 Rising Tension in U.S.-Egyptian Relations 103

6.1 Introduction 103

6.2 U.S.-Egyptian Ties 105

6.3 Main Issues 108

6.4 Finding 112

6.5 Conclusion 120

Notes 123

Chapter 7 Obama's Speech to the Muslim World: An Open Hand of Friendship 125

7.1 Introduction 125

7.2 The Speech 126

7.3 Method 129

7.4 Frames 130

7.5 Finding 131

7.6 Conclusion 148

Notes 151

Bibliography 153

Index 157

About the Author 163

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