By Tine Ustad Figenschou
This publication analyzes how and why Al Jazeera English (AJE) turned the channel of option to comprehend the big protests around the Arab international 2011. Aiming to provide an explanation for the ‘Al Jazeera moment,’ it tracks the channel’s bumpy street 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 bold editorial schedule and techniques, examines the inner conflicts, useful demanding situations and minor breakthroughs in its adolescence.
The Al Jazeera-phenomenon has bought monstrous 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 complicated net of multi-vocal, multimedia and multi-directional flows. in response to a mixture of policy-, creation- and content material research of entire empirical info the publication deals an leading edge standpoint at the theorization of world information contra-flows. by way of problematizing the certain 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 assorted from its Anglo-American rivals. those questions underscore a important nexus of the booklet: the altering courting among transnational satellite tv for pc information and gear.
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There is a shared understanding across AJE that the channel needs to be bolder and have a broad agreement about voicing ‘the other opinion,’ but there are conflicting interpretations of what this means in journalistic practice. News media organizations demonstrate their weaknesses and strengths in times of crisis and conflict. Prior to the Arab uprisings, AJE’s potential as an alternative contra-flow in global news was demonstrated most clearly through the channel’s coverage of the January 2009 war on Gaza.
Although both Al Jazeera and Qatari officials stress that the network is politically and editorially independent, it is vital to point out that—in the authoritarian Qatari political context—this independence is relative and conditional. To understand the subtle ways in which the Qatari ownership interests may affect AJE’s editorial line, the present chapter first outlines 28 Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape the major developments in, and key characteristics of, the Arab satellite landscape.
The current academic debate on mediated death and distant suffering has been largely Western-centric, documenting an increasing sanitization of media images and emphasizing the distance between media professionals, audiences, and the victims on the screen. In contrast, AJE literally zooms in. The visualization of suffering and death has become increasingly politicized, Introduction 25 particularly in times of conflict and war. The seventh chapter thus explores the AJE’s dramatic visualization of suffering and death based on data from its Gaza (2009) coverage and problematizes the ethical aspects of this controversial and risky editorial policy.