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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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The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict

The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict

(p.119) Chapter 4 The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict
Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

El Mustapha Lahlali

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is devoted to an analysis of the coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in 2006. The genre of language employed in the coverage of the conflict in Arab media channels reveals their political and ideological orientations. The analysis shows that the channels adopted different strategies in producing their text/discourses and demonstrated how Arabic channels have shown different approaches in the way they report conflicts. As the analysis shows, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra have used different discourses to represent the content and meaning of the news. Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya have shown some similarities in their coverage of the conflict, and this is manifested in their selection of lexis to represent different parties in the conflict. Both channels seem to cover the conflict, taking into account their sponsors' stance. Al-Jazeera's strategy is different. Its coverage of the conflict could be seen to be from an Arab perspective.

Keywords:   Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, language, discourse, coverage of conflict, Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra, Al- Arabiya

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