Covering Regional Conflicts in Arab News: Political Loyalties and Hate Speech
The recent political and military developments in the Arab world have resulted in Arab news media organisations becoming fully fledged political actors in the region. This chapter explores how two 24-hour Arabic news channels, Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera, have been actively disseminating and propagating political ideologies enforcing political hegemonies that match certain political affiliations in the region. We argue that the discourses used by both channels have political implications and that they reflect a body of statements that are systematically organised to try and shape how their target audiences view regional conflicts and their antagonists. A battle for viewership along the lines of political affiliations has emerged and the destructive impact of divisive sectarian discourse, which might amount to hate speech, is evident in many Arab capitals.
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