Arab Television Today by Naomi Sakr

By Naomi Sakr

There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this crucial yet unsettled zone are more and more performed out on tv displays and within the tussles over programming that ensue at the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now comprise inner most terrestrial stations in a few Arab states.  it's an urgently desiring to be made feel of; this e-book does precisely this in a truly readable and authoritative manner, via exploring and explaining the evolving constructions and content material offerings in either leisure and information of up to date Arab tv. It indicates how vendors, traders, reporters, presenters, creation businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates effect one another in a geolinguistic industry that encompasses the Arab zone itself and groups out of the country.  Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the booklet bargains a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite nation-states: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which gained the center jap reviews publication Prize in 2003.     

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But the new king then snatched the initiative. Three weeks before elections due for September 2002, Mohamed VI created the Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA), comprising on the one hand a Conseil Supérieur de la Communication Audiovisuelle (CSCA, comparable to the CSA in France) and, on the other, a Direction Générale de la Communication Audiovisuelle to provide administrative and technical services. The HACA was instituted by a royal decree based on Article 19 of the Moroccan Constitution, whereby the king is the country’s prime legislator.

Emergency laws confer powers of censorship, arbitrary arrest and detention, and authorize the use of special security courts whose verdicts are not subject to appeal. Although an emergency is by definition temporary, emergency laws introduced in Arab states have generally lasted decades. Bahrain’s State Security Law, in force from 1974 to February 2001, empowered its authorities to hold government opponents without trial. Jordan was ruled under martial law from 1957 to 1989, after which time emergency-style curbs on political rights were invoked periodically.

With a breakthrough to private ownership of television operations having occurred in Kuwait and Oman, pressure increased on neighbouring governments to follow suit. 36 Campaigners in Yemen lobbied for a project called the Democracy Channel, backed by Sheikh AbdelQawi Ali al-Showai. But Yemen’s ministry of information refused a request to licence the channel, saying there was no law to regulate it. 37 The privately owned Radio Mosaic, run by associates of President Ben Ali, was first on the scene; it started on the same day that Ben Ali announced his liberalization decision.

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