172. Name: Nada Al-Dhebaib Title: Al Jazeera’s Editorial Line on Digital Social Networks during the Gulf Crisis: An Editorial Support in Favor of Propaganda? Institution: Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas Country: France Date: 2018 Language: French Abstract: This research aims to study a specific period of diplomatic crisis that erupted in June 2017 between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The analysis focuses on the very significant use that Al Jazeera has made of its various digital social media platforms to disseminate news and information in an unconventional manner. The network took advantage of the editorial space open to new journalistic practices, short and hybrid formats, and in an offbeat and more militant tone, with and engaging and editorialized content. This study therefore focuses on the space allocated by Al Jazeera on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to cover the political crisis that the Gulf region has gone through. The study also sheds light on the journalistic modes of treatment that has prevailed on these platforms, which often authorize discrepancies or even breaks with the ordinary rules of professional ethics. In the name of interaction with the public, and commitment to the audience in order to make them click, comment, and then share, the network’s coverage of the Gulf crisis blurs the lines between propaganda and professionalism.
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