Al-Jazeera, the independent, all Arab television news network based in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab world in the events following Sept 11, 2001. Arabic for “the island”Al Jazeera has “scooped” the western media conglomerates many times. With its exclusive access to Osama Bin Laden and membeof the Taliban, its reputation was burnished quickly through its exposure on CNN. During the 2003 war in Iraq, Al-Jazeera seemed to be everywhere, reporting dramatic stories and images, even as it strived to maintain its independence as an international free press news network. Al jazeera sheds light on the background of the network: how it operates, the programs it broadcasts, its effects on Arab viewers, the reaction of the West and Arab states, the implications for the future of news broadcasting in the Middle East, and its struggle for a free press and public opinion in the Arab world. ISBN: 813090134X Publisher: VIVA BOOKS Subtitle: THE STORY OF THE NETWORK THAT IS RATTLING GOVERNMENT AND REDEFINING MODERN JOURNALISM Author: MOHAMMED EL-NAWAWY
From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the World Trade Centre bombing, the West has been haunted by a spectre called ‘Islam’. As portrayed by the news media – and by a chorus of government, academic and corporate experts – ‘Islam’ is synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use Islam to justify unrepresentative and often oppressive regimes.
In this landmark work, for which he has written a new introduction, one of our foremost public thinkers examines the origins and repercussions of the media’s monolithic images of Islam. Combining political commentary with literary criticism, Edward Said reveals the hidden assumptions and distortions of fact that underlie even the most ‘objective’ coverage of the Islamic world.
AUTHOR: EDWARD W. SAID ISBN: 9780099595014 Publisher: VINTAGE Subtitle: Author: EDWARD W. SAID