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Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

El Mustapha Lahlali

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A balanced introduction to the 3 major Arab media channels: Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabia

El Mustapha Lahlali presents a detailed study of the three dominant Arab media channels and their role post-9/11.

The Arab world is currently undergoing a radical media revolution, with the launch of numerous satellite and cable channels. The era of state-controlled media is coming to an end as privately-owned channels emerge.

  • Provides a critical overview of the development of Arab media
  • Examines the aims and impact of Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabia, and compares their broadcasting strategies, programmes and use of language
  • Includes comparative case studies of the coverage of the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and US foreign policy


1. Overview of Arabic audio-visual media
2. New Arab media, New discourse
3. Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabia: different channels, or a face of the same coin
4. Globalisation, Democracy and Arab media
5. Arabic Media post 9/11.

About the Author

El Mustapha Lahlali is an Associate Professor and Director of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds. His research interest is on Translation, Discourse Analysis, Arab Media and Society and Classroom Discourse.