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: email@example.com 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
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: EGYPT; MEDIA TRANSNATIONALISM; HYBRID SYSTEMS; SATELLITE NEWS MEDIA; JOURNALISTIC CULTURE; ARAB JOURNALISM
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