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Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media$
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El Mustapha Lahlali

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639090

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639090.001.0001

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Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

El Mustapha Lahlali

Edinburgh University Press

Arab media used to be almost unheard of until the war on Afghanistan in 2001. Since the independence of most Arab countries, the role of the media, both print and audio-visual, has been to safeguard Arabic culture and unity. Today, the Arab world is undergoing a radical media change, featuring the launch of satellite and cable television channels. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the broadcasting differences between the different Arab channels and focuses on both the discursive practices of these channels and the sociological aspects that contribute to their formation. Aside from a historical analysis of the development of the Arab media, this book also argues that the analysis of discourse can be used as a starting point to examine the ideological stance of media organizations.

Keywords:   Arab media, channels, media organizations, Arabic culture, war, unity

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