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Several long-lasting conflicts have shaped the Middle East and dominated its representation in local, regional and international media. Since the 1990s, the Arab media landscape has undergone a rapid transformation, and this is affecting both how news is covered and the ways in which information is broadcast.
While new technologies emerge, such as Arab satellite television and blogging, censorship is adapting to control output, albeit with limited success. Jihadist and dissident websites, as well as TV channels owned and run by political groups such as Hizbullah proliferate and the Arab ‘media wars’ continue to mirror conflicts on the ground.
The essays in this collection provide an up-to-date analysis of the Arab media sphere as well as its reflection and response in Western media.
About the Contributors
Dr Anne Françoise Weber is a freelance journalist. She was a programme manager at the Beirut office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Her main areas of research are interfaith relations, discourse analysis, gender and nation building.
Dr Arnim Heinemann is the managing director of the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies. He was a senior research fellow at the German Orient-Institut Beirut from 2005–8, where he conducted research in literary theory, translation and modern Arabic literature.
Dr Olfa Lamloum is a political scientist affiliated with the Institut Français du Proche-Orient in Beirut, where she is responsible for the research programme Media and Conflicts in the Arab Space. Her main areas of research are media studies, political communication and Islamic movements.