26. Name: Sleiman El Bssawmaï Title: Al Jazeera between Symbolism and Professionalism: A Case Study of the Situation of Arab Satellite Television Broadcasting Institution: Université Paris XIII Country: France Date: 2007 Language: French Abstract: This thesis is divided into three chapters. The first chapter positions Al Jazeera in its geographical, political, social, and communication contexts, which distinguish it from other channels. It presents a model for Arabic satellite channels that have contributed to the consolidation of pan-Arab communication through their influential presence. In this chapter, the researcher explains the success of Al Jazeera and its ability to tap into advanced technology, bring about change, and play a revolutionary role in the Arab region. Al Jazeera achieved unprecedented success in its coverage of the 9/11 events and the subsequent political and military repercussions, especially the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A number of factors explain this phenomenal success the high journalistic standards if has followed. It is also explained by understanding the needs of the Arabic audience it is addressing and the complexities of the region it is covering. The second chapter discusses all of these issues, employing some dimensions of linguistic theory on ‘oral non- verbal communications’. Chapter three analyses news contents, introduces Al Jazeera’s most important journalists and explains how they deal with news production processes.
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