The Mission of Arab Journalism: Creating Change in a Time of Turmoil (Int’l Journal of Press/Politics)

(Vol. 13 No. 3 July 2008) In the years after 9/11, the Bush administration repeatedly charged that the Arab media are biased against the United States. A cross-border survey of 601 Arab journalists found that much of the conventional wisdom that has shaped U.S. public diplomacy  policy toward the region lacks substance.Arab journalists see their mission […]

The Princess and the Facebook Girl (Arab Media & Society)

Issue 5, Spring 2008 Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a beautiful princess. Hers was a fairytale existence of spectacular palaces and footmen with gleaming swords and, of course, a handsome prince. But this princess was sad, for the voices of her people were but a whisper. It was […]

Satellite TV News and Arab Democracy (Journalism Practice)

Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2008 — The red and white banners of Lebanon’s anti-Syrian protests in the spring of 2005 were a testament to the transformational power of the Arab media revolution. Without al-Jazeera and the new constellation of Arab satellite broadcasters, it is unlikely there would ever have been a “Cedar Revolution,” as […]

Middle East Heading for a New Cold War? (Arab News)

CAIRO, 20 January 2007 — Bush administration efforts to forge a US-Arab alliance against Iran are threatening to produce a new Middle East Cold War, with dangerous implications for regional stability, US interests and American lives.Condoleezza Rice was in the region this week to lay the foundations for a united front with key Arab states […]

Insurgent TV Coming to a Satellite Near You? (CJR.org)

(Jan. 10, 2007) A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq’s anti-American insurgents looks set to open another front in the propaganda war against the U.S. The head of Al-Zawraa, which airs footage produced by the Islamic Army of Iraq, says he has finalized a deal for the channel to be distributed on […]

Cairo Ignores U.S. Request to Pull Plug on Jihadi TV in Iraq (CJR.org)

(Jan. 4, 2007) Sunni-Shia power politics and U.S.-Egyptian relations are at the center of a dispute over a satellite television station that is the latest weapon in the arsenal of Iraq’s insurgents. Al-Zawraa, an Iraq-based television version of the jihadi Web sites, is being broadcast across the Arab world by Nilesat, a satellite provider answerable […]

Will Al-Jazeera English Find Its Groove? (CJR.org)

Bad news is often good news for journalists. Last week’s assassination of Lebanese opposition leader Pierre Gemayel may have been exactly that for Al-Jazeera English, the Westernized cousin of the channel the Bush administration loves to hate. It wasn’t so much that AJE triumphed in its coverage of the latest Lebanese crisis — far from […]

America’s Media Bubble (NYT/Int’l Herald Tribune)

CAIRO (Oct. 19, 2006) — The United States no longer controls the script. That’s a reality Democratic congressional leaders must digest as they seek to recast America’s relationship with the world. There used to be a time when the U.S. media wrote the global narrative. The world saw itself through a largely American camera lens. […]

Al-Jazeera International, Not Quite Ready for Takeoff (CJR.org)

CAIRO (April 27, 2006) – Those new monitors they’re installing in Washington briefing rooms will remain dark for a little while longer: Al-Jazeera International (AJI), the English-language cousin to the Bush administration’s Qatar-based nemesis, has once more delayed its launch plans. The channel was originally expected to go live early this year. Then late winter. […]

Why all the fuss now? (Al Ahram Weekly)

16 – 22 February 2006 In a confused world of overlapping cultures, authoritarian and extremist forces often exploit the politics of difference, writes Lawrence Pintak* We just don’t get it, do we? And by “we,” I mean all of us — Americans, Arabs, Europeans, Pakistanis, Indonesians, you name it. The cartoon controversy is just the […]