The Al Jazeera Phenomenon: Critical Perspectives on New Arab by Mohamed Zayani

By Mohamed Zayani

Few phenomena within the Arab global are extra arguable than Al Jazeera - the satellite tv for pc tv information channel that, regardless of its short heritage, has made its effect recognized in the course of the global and adjusted the face of a previously parochial Arab media.This well timed number of articles, many by way of Arabic-speaking students, supplies us additional info and research of the community - and the way it has affected the general public or even the international regulations of Western governments - than the other of the only a few books released in English as much as now.The publication presents infrequent insights into Al Jazeera's politics, its time table, its courses, its assurance of nearby crises, and its therapy of the West. The authors try and gauge the station's influence on usual Arab audience, comprehend its influence on an more and more seen Arab public sphere, and map out the position it performs in neighborhood Arab politics. just like Al Jazeera that emerges from this ebook is far extra advanced than its depiction in American media. It unearths the robust position that the community performs in shaping principles and reconstructing Arab identities in the course of a very important juncture in center japanese heritage and politics.

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Zev Chafets, for instance, argued: “Dealing with Al Jazeera is a job of the military. ”69 Sure enough, Al Jazeera has come under attack not only rhetorically, but also literally by the US as a missile destroyed its Kabul bureau. While the US denied that it deliberately targeted Al Jazeera and said that the attack was an accident, others believe that the Al Jazeera’s office was meant to be hit, especially as the same scenario was repeated in Baghdad during the Third Gulf War, this time with a missile attack on Al Jazeera’s office in Baghdad causing the death of Al Jazeera reporter Tarek Ayyoub.

31A. htmlϾ 60 Lydia Saad, “Al Jazeera viewers perceive the West differently,” Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing, April 23, 2002. 61 Zev Chafets, “Al Jazeera unmasked: an Arab propaganda machine in the guise of real journalism,” New York Daily News, October 14, 2001, Ͻwww. com/2001-10-14/News_and_Views/opinion/a-128499. aspϾ, p. 37. 62 Ibid. ” 64 Ibid. 65 David Makovsky, “A voice from the heavens: Al Jazeera’s satellite broadcasts inflame emotions across the Arab world,” US News & World Report, May 14, 2001, pp.

332 (March 2003), pp. 46–9. 31 See El-Nawawy and Farag, Al Jazeera, pp. 140–2. 32 Al Thani, Interview with Abdallah Schleifer and Sarah Sullivan. 33 See Stephen Franklin, “The kingdom and the power,” Columbia Journalism Review, Vol. 35, No. 4 (1996), pp. ), Mass Media, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Cresskill: Hampton Press, 2001), pp. 56–7. 34 For a detailed account about Saudi print media, see Alterman, New Media, New Politics, pp. 8–12. ” 36 For more on Qatar and regional diplomacy see Ehud Ya’ari, “The Al Jazeera revolution,” Jerusalem Report, March 27, 2000, p.

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