NEWSPAPERS: Newspapers in the Arab countries can be divided into three categories: those that are government-owned (together with semi-official papers such as al-Ahram in Egypt), those owned by political parties, and the “independent” press.
In general, Arab governments seek to restrict what may be
said in newspapers, though the degree of control varies from country to country. Besides the more obvious methods such as censorship and suppression, a number of bureaucratic and legal devices are used to restrict freedom of
more about the Arab press
BROADCASTING: Traditionally, TV
stations have been government-owned and government-run,
with content strictly controlled in terms of news and
debate as well as other programmes that conform to
"Islamic values". Since the 1990s, these
stations have been increasingly challenged by satellite
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INTERNET: The ability of the
internet to provide uncontrolled flows of information
across national boundaries was viewed as an alarming
development by some Arab governments. Several of them – including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia
access to certain websites (though there are
well-established ways of circumventing the censorship) ...
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Articles and reports
The press in the
Arab world: 100 years of suppressed freedom
Historical background by Said Essoulami
Freedom House survey shows lack of press freedom in Arab world
by Mohamed Elshinnawi, Voice of America, 6 May 2008
The rise and decline of London as a pan-Arab media hub
By Najm Jarrah. Arab Media & Society, Winter 2008.
Egypt's Press: More free, still fettered
By Jeffrey Black. Arab Media & Society, Winter 2008.
Dubai: An emerging Arab media hub
By Dana El-Baltaji. Arab Media & Society, Fall 2007.
national political systems still influence Arab media?
By William A. Rugh. Arab Media & Society, Summer 2007
review: The Making of Arab News
Reviewed by Ralph Berenger.
TBS Journal 14, Spring 2005.
of a free media for the Arabian Gulf
by S Nihal Singh, Editor, Khaleej Times, Dubai
Arab journalists struggle for press freedom
by Marco Visscher. Ode, November 2004
in the Middle East
A provisional assessment of the needs of the Iraqi media. Joint study by
the Baltic Media Centre, Index on Censorship, the Institute
for War & Peace Reporting and International Media Support,
May-June 2003. PDF format.
development in post-war Iraq
Conference report, April 2003
a bad press
The prospects for a free and independent press in Iraq may not be as good as
they look (The Guardian, 23 June 2003).
Chaos in the Iraqi
The United States risks losing a major opportunity to forge an open media in the Middle East.
By Anthony Borden in London, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 20 June, 2003.
media activity in Iraq
Order issued by Paul Bremer on behalf of the Coalition
Provisional Authority, 2003
new Iraqi press, 2003
Details of newspapers established after the overthrow
of Saddam Hussein
Islam and the British press after September 11
The events of September 11 were seen as a disaster for
Muslims in Britain. But they also raised public awareness of
Islam and created an opportunity for better relations between
ordinary Muslims and the media. (Talk given by Brian
Whitaker at a conference on Islam and the media, Central
London Mosque, 20 June, 2002.)
representation and British Muslims
examines the coverage of Muslims in the British press and suggests
that although this is largely negative there are opportunities for
more positive developments. (Dialogue magazine, April 2000.)