Al Jazeera In 1000 Academic Studies

125. Name: Saeed A.N. Abdullah Title: A Study of Reporting about Terrorism on Two Pan-Arab Television News Channels (Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya) Institution: University of Leicester Country: United Kingdom Date: 2014 Language: English Abstract: This study examines TV coverage of terrorism on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya using media framing analysis. The study addresses two main objectives: exploring terrorism issues in both channels under the period of study and the extent to which the two networks differ or agree; and identifying the factors influencing the selection processes and the framing of terrorism in each of the two news providers. The study uses content analysis to examine a number of framing devices based on past literature such as types of news frames, framing perspectives, sources used, perpetrators and victims of terrorism, episodic versus thematic frame, etc. Discourse analysis was applied to understand the link between discursive practice and the broader social and cultural context. Language extracts from both networks were compared, taking into account different factors contributing to the production and consumption of news discourse about terrorism. The findings show that the stereotype that ‘the terrorist is Muslim’ prevailed in the analyzed news coverage. Contrary to the pattern among western news sources, both networks were consistent, at least, in implying that the majority of terrorism victims are Muslims.


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