By Naomi Sakr
There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this significant yet unsettled sector are more and more performed out on tv monitors and within the tussles over programming that occur in the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now comprise deepest terrestrial stations in a few Arab states. it's an urgently wanting to be made experience of; this e-book does precisely this in a truly readable and authoritative means, via exploring and explaining the evolving constructions and content material offerings in either leisure and information of latest Arab tv. It exhibits how proprietors, traders, reporters, presenters, creation businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates impact one another in a geolinguistic industry that encompasses the Arab quarter itself and groups in a foreign country. Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the e-book deals a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite nation-states: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which gained the center jap experiences publication Prize in 2003.
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The ministry of interior’s General Directorate of General Security (Sûreté Générale) was also heavily involved, with the Sûreté’s website declaring ‘media censorship’ to be its second most important function. 18 Nor was the NAC ever given control over the licensing of satellite channels based in Lebanon. While Law 382 dealt with terrestrial broadcasting, Law 531 gave the cabinet powers to grant or revoke licences for satellite channels. In Morocco, as in Lebanon, the creation of a body to regulate broadcasting came several years after the country’s first experience of private channels.
Television viewers in Morocco complained of being treated like aliens by Gulf-based pan-Arab channels, while people in countries like Syria or Bahrain could not look to pan-Arab channels to deal with their local issues because hindrances placed on local reporters affected correspondents for satellite television too. State broadcasters were meanwhile notorious for neglecting key domestic questions and concentrating instead on the doings of heads of state. 57 Even L AW A N D P OL IC Y O N OW N E R S H I P A N D C O N T E N T 33 as late as August 2006, after various attempts to upgrade news reporting within Egypt’s ERTU, Nile News coverage of a train crash north of Cairo gave airtime to officials who promised future safety improvements but shied away from comment or analysis of previous safety lapses and why they had occurred.
Abu Ayyash 36 A R A B T E L E V I S IO N T ODAY and his colleagues rejected the title Palestinian Broadcasting Authority in favour of ‘Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation’ (PBC), inspired by the BBC. 67 Mekki was assassinated in 2001 in a killing claimed by the ‘anti-corruption unit’ of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. After Arafat’s death in 2004, the PA’s new president, Mahmoud Abbas, initiated changes in oversight of the PBC and the Palestinian Satellite Channel. Whereas these had previously come under the PLO Executive Committee and PA presidency, they were transferred in April 2005 to the ministry of information.
Arab Television Today by Naomi Sakr