Cosmopolitan Ethics and the Al Jazeera Media Network

  • Haydar Badawi SadigEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Gulf Studies book series (CGS)


The Al Jazeera Media Network (AJN) will be distinctive as an international news organization if its policies and practices meet the standards of cosmopolitan ethics. AJN is sophisticated in advanced technology. The research question is, does it have a world framework to represent the new global realities competently? The major principles of global media ethics have been de-Westernized in this book and integrated into a humanistic cosmopolitanism. This cosmopolitanism can only be accomplished by global media institutions such as AJN that are committed to its world perspective, that train reporters and management in the ethical concepts of authentic disclosure, intrinsic worthiness, and positive peace. Three case studies assess AJN’s limitations and achievements as an exemplar of global media ethics: seeing the particular in terms of the universal, the manner in which AJA and AJE cover conflict, and the ways in which women’s issues and gender are represented. From the perspective of cosmopolitan ethics, Al Jazeera’s mission is seen not as the transmission of information but as engaging its audience and media users toward global citizenship. As AJN is assessed in terms of cosmopolitan’s universal ethical principles, it provides illustrations that discredit moral relativism.


Cosmopolitanism Gender Global media ethics Human dignity Peace communication Media users 


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  1. 1.Qatar UniversityDohaQatar

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