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By El Mustapha Lahlali

The Arab global is present process a media revolution, prompted by means of the release of diverse, privately-owned satellite tv for pc and cable television channels. This ebook follows 3 dominant Arab media channels--Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra, and Al-Arabia--as they've got grown in significance and presence after the occasions of 9-11. It surveys the trendy historical past of Arab media; the goals, goals, and courses of Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Hurra, and Al-Arabia; and the similarities and modifications among those channels' broadcasting. the quantity explores the influence of personal media at the Arabic public sphere, the yankee and ecu media's impression on Arab programming, the media legislation less than which Arab media operates, the problem of country keep watch over and possession, and the level of such impact at the dissemination of unfastened and reasonable info.

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Kuwait has a relaxed press code and newspapers enjoy relative freedom of publication. Dar Al-Siyassa, Dar Al-Rai Al-‘am and Dar Al Qabas are the leading publishing houses in Kuwait (Amin 2001). There are many newspapers written in Arabic and English, including Al Watan, Alam Al Yawm, Annahar, Arab Times, Desert Voice, Economic Weekly and Kuwait Times. Qatar’s press has developed rapidly over the last few years, with Wakalat Al-Anba Al-Qatariya (Qatar News Agency) being the main source of news in the country.

Most of the newspapers and broadcasters have found themselves at the mercy of their government. Some might risk closure if the government withdrew its advertising revenues, so to keep the flow of these revenues, some newspapers and broadcasters would not transcend the red line drawn by the government. Also, governments use the law of minimum 39 Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media capitalisation to prohibit some newspapers and small broadcasters, especially those that are seen to constitute a challenge to the government, from gaining a licence (Amin 2007: 131).

Unlike the Moroccan and Algerian press, the Tunisian press was allowed to develop during the time of French colonialism. Most of the newspapers were in French and were designed to target the middle class. The nationalist press, however, unlike in Algeria and Morocco, was not allowed to flourish. For instance, L’Action Tunisienne was closely monitored and controlled by the French administration, only to be closed down in 1933 (Azzi 1998: 9). After independence, the Tunisian press was very supportive of the government.

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