(Un)civil War of Words: Media and Politics in the Arab World

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - History - 164 pages
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As the war on terror rages, another battleground has quickly taken shape and is being waged on daily newscasts around the world. In the Arab world, al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya are leading the fight. But do these news networks simply provide the news? Or, are they, as westerners suspect, tools used by governments and terrorists alike to relay their message to the man on the street as both Arab and Western leaders struggle to win the hearts and minds of millions of people? Fandy examines the impact that these and other news organizations have had on the war on terror, on the Arab world, and on the relationships that Arab nations share with each other, as well as those they share with the West.

Focusing on al-Jazeera and other Arab networks, Fandy examines the battle between the Arab world and the West through the popular medium of television. He explores how autocratic governments control the media in order to preserve their own power while simultaneously engaging in a war of words, with their neighbors, the West, or many times, both.

 

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Contents

1 National Press on the Eve of the Satellite Era
19
Qatar vs Saudi Arabia
39
The Case of Lebanon
66
4 Arab Journalists as Transnational Actors
82
5 Public Diplomacy and the Arab Media
103
6 Arab Media and Political Change in the Middle East
120
Conclusions
138
Notes
145
Index
161
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Mamoun Fandy is a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He was the editor of Qadaya 'Alamiyya (an Arabic bimonthly) and is the author of Kuwait as a New Concept of International Politics, The Road to Kandahar: On the Trail of bin Laden and Zawaheri, and Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent.

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