Pan-Arab Satellite Television and Arab National Information Systems: Journalists' Perspectives on a Complicated Relationship

Pan-Arab Satellite Television and Arab National Information Systems: Journalists' Perspectives on... brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3 (2010) 26–42 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187398609X12584657078321 Pan-Arab Satellite Television and Arab National Information Systems: Journalists’ Perspectives on a Complicated Relationship* Augusto Valeriani “Roberto Ruffi lli” Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna Email: augusto.valeriani@unibo.it Abstract Media scholarship has mostly focused on the regional and global dimension of the ‘satellite revolution’ in Arab news, insisting on concepts such as the ‘pan-Arab public sphere’ and ‘media panarabism.’ Taking Egypt as a case study, this article moves from a ‘purely’ pan-Arab perspective to a broader approach that examines the complex relationship between pan-Arab satellite news media and national media systems. Th rough a discussion of journalists’ representations of their professional community, I investigate how far the coverage and practices of pan-Arab all-news broadcasters have blurred the borders of national media systems, creating new hybrid spaces. My fi ndings show that both satellite broadcast journalists and national media journalists defi ne themselves and their work practices in terms of mutual relationships. Th e idea of a hybrid space is, at least in the journalists’ self-representations, in some way confi rmed: a space encompassed by a transnational framework in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication Brill

Pan-Arab Satellite Television and Arab National Information Systems: Journalists' Perspectives on a Complicated Relationship

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Brill
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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1873-9857
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1873-9865
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10.1163/187398609X12584657078321
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brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3 (2010) 26–42 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187398609X12584657078321 Pan-Arab Satellite Television and Arab National Information Systems: Journalists’ Perspectives on a Complicated Relationship* Augusto Valeriani “Roberto Ruffi lli” Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna Email: augusto.valeriani@unibo.it Abstract Media scholarship has mostly focused on the regional and global dimension of the ‘satellite revolution’ in Arab news, insisting on concepts such as the ‘pan-Arab public sphere’ and ‘media panarabism.’ Taking Egypt as a case study, this article moves from a ‘purely’ pan-Arab perspective to a broader approach that examines the complex relationship between pan-Arab satellite news media and national media systems. Th rough a discussion of journalists’ representations of their professional community, I investigate how far the coverage and practices of pan-Arab all-news broadcasters have blurred the borders of national media systems, creating new hybrid spaces. My fi ndings show that both satellite broadcast journalists and national media journalists defi ne themselves and their work practices in terms of mutual relationships. Th e idea of a hybrid space is, at least in the journalists’ self-representations, in some way confi rmed: a space encompassed by a transnational framework in

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Middle East Journal of Culture and CommunicationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: EGYPT; MEDIA TRANSNATIONALISM; HYBRID SYSTEMS; SATELLITE NEWS MEDIA; JOURNALISTIC CULTURE; ARAB JOURNALISM

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