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By Tine Ustad Figenschou

ISBN-10: 041581443X

ISBN-13: 9780415814430

This booklet analyzes how and why Al Jazeera English (AJE) turned the channel of option to comprehend the large protests around the Arab global 2011. Aiming to give an explanation for the ‘Al Jazeera moment,’ it tracks the channel’s bumpy highway in the direction of overseas acceptance in a longitudinal, in-depth research of the channel’s editorial profile and methods. learning AJE from its release in mid-November 2006 to the ‘Arab Spring’, it explains and problematizes the channel’s formidable editorial schedule and methods, examines the interior conflicts, sensible demanding situations and minor breakthroughs in its adolescence.

The Al Jazeera-phenomenon has got sizeable realization, however it continues to be under-researched. the expansion of transnational satellite tv for pc tv has reworked the worldwide media panorama right into a complicated net of multi-vocal, multimedia and multi-directional flows. in accordance with a mixture of policy-, construction- and content material research of finished empirical information the ebook bargains an leading edge viewpoint at the theorization of worldwide information contra-flows. via problematizing the particular features of AJE, it examines the strategic motivation in the back of the channel and the ways that its construction methods and information profile are supposed to be diversified from its Anglo-American opponents. those questions underscore a crucial nexus of the e-book: the altering dating among transnational satellite tv for pc information and gear.

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The strategy is made possible due to the country’s perceived impartiality in regional politics and vast gas reserves—a strategy that can be summarized as: wealth, will and vision (Barakat 2012: 12). But Qatar’s small size, its lack of experienced diplomats and relatively-short history of diplomatic initiatives have made it difficult to move beyond mediation to successful conflict resolution (Barakat 2012: 22–5, Kamrava 2011: 552–6). THE PARADOXES OF THE QATARI MEDIA SYSTEM Mass media in Qatar were initially started for the purpose of building a modern nation, planned and initiated by the former Ministry of Information (Arafa 1994: 230).

2009), the high-profile role of the royal females, and the expansion of women’s political rights (Bahry & Marr 2005, Lambert 2011). Sheikh Hamad and his advisors initiated a limited reform program designed to gradually make Qatar’s government more participatory and accountable. In 2004, the Emir issued a new labor law, which protects the labor rights of Qatari nationals but does not protect Qatar’s large foreign workforce (Blanchard 2008: 4). Furthermore, the Emir and prominent Qatari women started to reform the education sector through the Qatar Foundation and the new ‘Education City’ in particular (a state-of-the-art campus complex outside Doha that offers degrees from prestigious US universities such as Cornell, Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon) (Blanchard 2008: 6, Eakin 2011).

37 that the media should not publish news that could harm the Emir, undermine the established order, or endanger the political regime. : 231). After Sheikh Hamad replaced his father, the new Emir eased press censorship and abolished the Ministry of Information. Qatar became the first Arab government without such a ministry. According to the official website of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), “Censorship was lifted from local press in accordance with the eminent directive of His Highness the Emir since October 1995.

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