By Tine Ustad Figenschou

ISBN-10: 041581443X

ISBN-13: 9780415814430

This e-book analyzes how and why Al Jazeera English (AJE) grew to become 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 foreign acceptance in a longitudinal, in-depth research of the channel’s editorial profile and techniques. learning AJE from its release in mid-November 2006 to the ‘Arab Spring’, it explains and problematizes the channel’s formidable editorial time table and techniques, examines the inner conflicts, sensible demanding situations and minor breakthroughs in its early life.

The Al Jazeera-phenomenon has got immense cognizance, however it is still under-researched. the expansion of transnational satellite tv for pc tv has remodeled the worldwide media panorama right into a advanced net of multi-vocal, multimedia and multi-directional flows. in accordance with a mix of policy-, construction- and content material research of entire empirical information the booklet bargains an cutting edge point of view at the theorization of worldwide information contra-flows. by way of problematizing the detailed features of AJE, it examines the strategic motivation in the back of the channel and the ways that its construction procedures and information profile are supposed to be diverse from its Anglo-American rivals. those questions underscore a vital nexus of the e-book: the altering courting among transnational satellite tv for pc information and gear.

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The recent Arab Youth Surveys (2011, 2012) have demonstrated that democracy ranked lowest among young Qataris of all countries polled (see Lambert 2011 for discussion). Historically, the only group that has challenged Qatar’s political stability has been the ruling family itself, and before the recent peaceful transition of power, all of the last three leadership transitions (1949, 1960 and 1995) have been results of forced abdications (Kamrava 2009: 412). The question of Qatari government-initiated political reforms have puzzled political analysts, although most conclude that the controlled, top-down political reforms amount to pragmatic measures initiated by the Qatari elite to increase their own legitimacy (Ehteshami & Wright 2007, Kamrava 2009, Lambert 2011).

Overall, Qatar’s rulers are under little if any internal political pressure (Ehteshami & Wright 2007, Kamrava 2009). The Qatari state has significant capacity and power in relation to Qatari society (Kamrava 2009: 405): The small size of the country’s population, combined with its vast oil and gas resources, has made it easy to establish a comprehensive welfare system (Dargin 2007) and has made Qataris among the world’s wealthiest citizens (Berrebi et al. 2009). Compared to its Gulf neighbors, Qatar is relatively ethnically and religiously homogenous (Rabi 2009).

The Qatari constitution of 2004 provides for freedom of speech and the press, but the government has limited those rights in practice. According to MOFA’s presentation, “Local press has flourished in recent years, benefiting from the prevailing democratic atmosphere and available incentives to grow and spread to cover all social and economic areas of interest” (MOFA 2010). However, the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor found that: “Journalists and publishers continue to self-censor due to political and economic pressure when reporting on government policies, material deemed hostile to Islam, the ruling family and relations with neighboring states” (US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009: 3).

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