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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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Historical Development of the Arab Media

Historical Development of the Arab Media

(p.9) Chapter 1 Historical Development of the Arab Media
Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

El Mustapha Lahlali

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter aims to provide the reader with a general information about the development of the Arab media. The development of Arab media into three historical phases: the colonial phase, the post-colonial phase and the 1990s phase. The colonial phase was geared towards developing media technologies in order to promote the colonial propaganda message. The post-colonial phase was, however, different in its focus and approach. It was characterised by ‘the dominant paradigm’ and attempts to shape media as a tool in order to serve national transformation and independence. The 1990s phase witnessed the proliferation of satellite channels globally, and this had an impact on the Arab world, which in turn started investing in the expansion and development of the Arab media. The chapter contextualizes the discussion about Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra and clearly highlights the code of practice that governs the Arab media in general.

Keywords:   Arab media, colonial phase, post-colonial phase, dominant paradigm, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, Al-Hurra

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