The role of Al-Jazeera in empowering Arab civil society

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Author: Fouad Touzani
Date: Apr. 2010
From: CEU Political Science Journal(Vol. 5, Issue 2)
Publisher: Central European University
Document Type: Report
Length: 5,877 words
Lexile Measure: 1580L

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The relationship between civil society and satellite broadcastings in the Arab World is increasingly developing. In fact, Arabs are becoming more conscious of civil society issues thanks to the emergence and growth of many innovative Arab satellite networks such as Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera continues to command the largest share of the Arabic news market, allowing the network to be a powerful communication tool that eases the challenges encountering Arab civil society. These challenges stand as stumbling blocks in the Arab civil society's way of contributing to the democratic transition of many counties in the region. Using a content analysis of Al-Jazeera's website and randomly selected broadcasts, this paper shows Al-Jazeera's important role in helping Arab civil society to overcome its challenges and empower its organizations through extensively covering their activities and frequently hosting their representatives. The paper further argues that empowering Arab civil society makes Al-Jazeera an important potential player in the Arab democratization taking into consideration the significant role that civil society organizations play in a democratic transition. Keywords: Al-Jazeera, civil society, the Arab World.

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