The Arab League Satellite Broadcasting
In 2008, at a meeting called by Egypt
and Saudi Arabia, Arab information ministers approved a
charter to regulate satellite broadcasting. This was widely
viewed as an attempt to assert control over the medium.
Arab League Satellite Broadcasting Charter
Principles for regulating satellite broadcasting in the Arab world. Unofficial English
translation by Arab Media and Society. PDF
in English. PDF
in original Arabic.
Arab TV broadcasters face curbs
BBC, 12 February 2008
Arab information ministers adopt satellite broadcast charter
Radio Netherlands, 12 February 2008
Arab Charter for Satellite TV: A major setback to
freedom of expression in the region
Press release by Article XIX, the global campaign for free expression. 13
Arab satellite TV charter sparks freedom of speech protests
iTWire, 16 February 2008
Arab governments move to restrict satellite TV
Committee to Protect Journalists, 15 February 2008
checks satellite TV revolution
Oxford Analytica, 22 April 2008
satellite TV revolution
Uneasy about satellite television coverage of civil strife and economic hardship, Arab governments are trying to reassert control over the medium. Will a new regional agreement halt the satellite revolution? By Joel Campagna,
Committee to Protect Journalists.
A quest for regulation
The Arab Satellite Charter is not very different from those the world’s broadcasting
networks. By Hussein Y Amin, Arab Media and Society, March 2008.
A charter of
The Arab Satellite Charter is a potent mix of over-regulation and unclear direction where the vocabulary of
modernisation collides with the rhetoric of tradition, and the realities of political change conflict with the desire to preserve the status
quo. By Monroe Price, Arab Media and Society, March 2008.
Satellite censorship, Arab League style
The Arab Satellite Charter is a move to control the minds and thoughts of Arab viewers, mostly on political
issues. By Daoud Kuttab, Arab Media and Society, March 2008.
al-Jazeera condemns satellite TV
The Arabist blog, 15 February 2008
Arab satellite charter major setback
International Freedom of Expression eXchange, 19 February 2008
broadcast forum lays bare 'muzzling' media charter
By Magda Abu-Fadil. Huffington Post, 5 May 2008
Arab Broadcast Charter: Take Two
By Magda Abu-Fadi,.Director of Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut.
Huffington Post, 4 April 2008
Government offensive against freedom of expression in TV broadcasting
Critique of the Egyptian government's moves to control broadcasting. Reporters
Sans Frontières, 4 September 2008
Draft Egyptian Broadcast Law
Full text from Arab Media and Society
Al-Jazeera bureau forced to stop broadcasting Maghreb news programme from Rabat
Sans Frontières, 7 May 2008