27. Name: Mohammed Sayid Title: The Role of TV Channels in Providing Arab Communities in Egypt with Political News: A Comparison between Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya Institution: Cairo University Country: Egypt Date: 2007 Language: Arabic Abstract: This study compares the role of Al Jazeera and A Arabiya channels in informing Arab communities in Egypt and providing them with political news. The researcher used a survey and a deliberate sample of 420 expatriates from the Arab communities in Egypt. For the analytical study, he analyzed a sample of 122 news bulletins from both Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, in addition to 36 episodes of four programmes on which Arab communities in Egypt rely as a source of information. The research findings showed that the most important topics in the studied news sample are the war on Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the political situation in Lebanon, the conflict in Somalia, the American domination of the world, and the Darfur crisis. According to 2/3 of respondents, Al Jazeera’s programmes are more exciting emotionally and stimulating mentally than those of Al Arabiya. The most important sources of news on which the respondents rely are respectively, internet, television, Arabic newspapers, foreign newspapers, foreign television, and Arab radios. The respondents prefer programmes on world news, Arab world, sports news, business news, and wars and conflicts.
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