87. Name: Bader Al Saud Title: Reporting Wars in the Middle East: Negotiating the Journalistic Ethos of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya Institution: Goldsmiths, University of London Country: United Kingdom Date: 2012 Language: English Abstract: This research analyses the degree to which Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya satellite news channels adhere to their own stated journalistic ethics in war coverage. Such a comparative approach provides a basis for understanding how strictly the theoretic template of accuracy, fairness and truth is actually implemented, and explain how it is possible for each news channel to claim to be journalistically ethical while producing such radically different media products. The research includes three case studies, namely the wars in Afghanistan, Gaza and Iraq. In examining the structures of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya and their respective news output, a two-tiered applied methodology is adopted. In-depth interviews were also conducted with media experts as well as news producers and editors from Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, combined with questionnaires directed to Arabs viewers in Britain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The data collected has been correlated and analyzed to find out the mechanisms at work in both organizations. The questionnaire reinforced the findings generated from formal interviews and allowed a quick and efficient method of collecting extraneous materials and developing new lines of enquiry.
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