ARAB MEDIA & SOCIETY LAUNCHED
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The new online journal will cover the changing media, political and cultural landscape.
The move is recognition of the changing nature of the Arab media and social landscape.
“When TBS Journal
was founded two years after the launch of Al Jazeera, satellite TV was
the story. Newspapers were moribund. Internet penetration was negligible.
Media deregulation was an alien concept,” Publisher and Co-Editor
Lawrence Pintak writes in the first issue. “The impact of the pan-Arab
satellite revolution is today felt at every level of Arab society –
and in every form of media.” Read on.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
TBS senior editor Lawrence Pintak kicks off TBS's sixteenth electronic issue with a report from Dubai and Doha titled Arab Media: Not Yet Utopia.
Pintak's editorial also heads up Volume 2, Number 1 of TBS's hard-copy edition, featuring a peer-reviewed article by Christian Pond on The Appeal of Sami Yusuf and the Search for Islamic Authenticity.
BREAKING NEWS : Jihadi TV Al Zawraa in Europe?
Lawrence Pintak: Insurgent
TV Coming to a Satellite Near You?
BREAKING NEWS: Why is an Iraqi insurgent channel free-to-air in Egypt?
Ignores U.S. Request to Pull Plug on Jihadi TV in Iraq
OTHER NEWS : Al Jazeera English launches
suggests the new channel is A
CNN for the Developing World
OTHER NEWS: TBS Publisher on the Lebanese Crisis and the Media
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MEDIA ON THE FRONT LINES: Arab Satellite TV in Iraq
Paul Cochrane reviews the sectarianization and political divisions that characterize the Iraqi television landscape in his article, The Lebanonization of the Iraqi Media, while Brooke Comer and Usama Najeeb take a look at Why Iraqis Love Reality TV.
TBS senior editor
Lawrence Pintak interviews Al Arabiya's executive editor
Nabil Khatib about the challenges
and dangers facing Arab TV correspondents and crews covering
the world's deadliest war for journalists, while TBS contributing editor
(and Iraq war vet) Andrew Exum interviews Brigadier
General Mark T. Kimmitt about whether his recent
appearance on Al Jazeera signals a new US attitude toward the
RELIGIOUS TV IN THE ARAB WORLD
TBS managing editor Lindsay Wise looks at fallout from the nasty fight between the two popular TV preachers Amr Khaled and Yusuf Al Qaradawi, over how Muslims should respond to the Danish cartoon controversy.
Wise also interviews Tareq Alsuwaidan, a poplar Islamic talk show host and motivational speaker, about his new job as general manager of the moderate Muslim TV channel Al Resalah.
In Fatwas and Feminism, Sharon Otterman investigates the role of women in Islamic TV programs, and how their presence may be changing traditional definitions of Islamic authority.
GOD, POLITICS, AND THE VIDEO CLIP
The Arab world's music video clips are usually noted for their sexually provocative, scantily clad female stars, but the reality is, there's much more to music videos than sex. TBS takes a closer look at video clips that deal with religion and politics.
In the peer-reviwed article The Appeal of Sami Yusuf and the Search for Islamic Authenticity, Christian Pond discusses the rise of a popular young Muslim singer and his slick music video productions.
Fool Sings a Hero's Song, James R. Grippo writes
about the political video clips of Shaaban Abdel Rahim, including songs
with titles like "I Hate Israel" and his recent video clip,
"All Out of Patience," written in response to the Danish cartoons
lampooning the Prophet Mohammad.
AND LEBANON ON TV:
In The Thin Red Lines, Marlin Dick looks at questions of censorship in the case of popular Syrian soap opera Behind Bars, while TBS contributing editor Marwan M. Kraidy's essay, Popular Culture as a Political Barometer, evaluates Lebanese-Syrian relations as seen through the prism of hit reality TV show Superstar.
Nabil Dajani studies Lebanese television news coverage and asks whether sectarian divisions in the media are leading to the 'Re-feudalization' of the Public Sphere.
OPEN AIRWAVES, OPEN SOCIETY?
In Development and Democracy Refracted in the Satellite Lens, Stacey Philbrick Yadav recalls how Pan-Arab satellite coverage of Hurricane Katrina led to some unexpected conversations with her Arab neighbors during a recent trip to Yemen.
Habib Battah asks whether the growing phenomenon of Short Message Service (SMS) heralds The Next TV Revolution in the Middle East.
THE STATE AND THE MEDIA, PAST AND PRESENT
In her essay on Gamal Abdel Nasser's 'Voice of the Arabs' radio station, Laura M. James reminds us the impact of transnational media in the Middle East started long before the launch of Al Jazeera: Whose Voice? Nasser, the Arabs, and 'Sawt al-Arab' Radio.
Back in the present,
Claudia Gazzini analyzes Libyan
TV and concludes the country's recent economic and diplomatic
opening has yet to change its media -- or its politics.
POLITICS AND THE PAN-ARAB MEDIA
In The (un) Funny Pages,TBS contributing editor Andrew Exum examines the role of Arabic-language media in the Danish cartoon crisis.
TBS contributing editor Hugh Miles revives the sensitive question of the secret "Al Jazeera Memo," asking whether it makes the most sense To Publish or Not to Publish? and Issandr El Amrani predicts A Cold Welcome for Al Jazeera International in the US.
In Terrorizing the Arab Media, Al Quds Al Arabi editor Abdel Bari Atwan lambasts the state of the region's media, giving readers a peak inside the frustrations of an Arab newsroom.
More than 500 media development professionals from dozens of countries gathered in Amman, Jordan for the first summit of the Global Forum for Media Development, a new alliance of organizations involved in media training activities around the world. The location of the gathering was significant: Jordan’s King Abdullah has pointed toward the media as evidence of civil society reforms meant to move his country on the road toward democratization. To drive that message home to the assembled media professionals, the government organized a panel discussion involving then-Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Moasher and representatives of the government-sponsored and independent press which turned into a fascinating free-for-all debate over the difference between cosmetic and structural reform. TBS senior editor Lawrence Pintak recorded the fireworks. Here is an edited transcript.
Marc: Voices of the New Arab Public. Iraq, al-Jazeera, and
Middle East Politics Today. New York: Columbia University Press,
2006. 293 pages. Hard Cover. ISBN 0-231-13448-7.
L'Islam de Marché: L'Autre Révolution Conservatrice.
108 pages. Livre broché. ISBN 2-02-082931-2.
Pop Culture in the Arab World! ABC-CLIO, 376 pages. Hard Cover. ISBN:
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TBS is published by the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism, the American University in Cairo and the Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK