166. Name: Ayad Al-Bindawi Title: The Impact of Media Discourse in Arab Satellite Channels on theImageofIraqamongArabPublics:AComparativeStudybetween Al Jazeera and Al Mayadeen Channels Institution: University of Baghdad
Country: Iraq Country: 2017 Language: Arabic Abstract:
This study examines the image of Iraq in the media discourse of Arab satellite channels, focusing on Al Jazeera and Al Mayadeen. The research sample included 600 respondents from three Arab countries, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia. The field study covers nine months from October 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and tries to identify the characteristics Arab media discourse regarding Iraq’s issues since the 2003 US invasion. It also analyzes the impact of media discourse on shaping a particular political image about the Iraqi new political reality. The findings highlighted a clear difference in the discourse of the two channels regarding the Iraqi affairs. While the security issues topped Al Jazeera’s discourse, the political issue dominated the discourse of Al Mayadeen. The results also showed a difference in the discourse language regarding “terrorist groups”, “security forces” and “popular mobilization”. Al Jazeera’s discourse used negative attributes to the security forces and the popular mobilization, while the attributes to terrorist organizations varied between positive and negative. Al Mayadin used positive attributes to the security forces and the popular mobilization, and negative attributes to terrorist organizations.
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