Al Jazeera In 1000 Academic Studies

54. Name: Ehab Bessaiso Title: Media Strategies and Coverage of International Conflicts: The 2003 Iraq War and Al Jazeera Institution: Cardiff University Country: United Kingdom Date: 2010 Language: English Abstract: This research explores the media strategies implemented during the Iraq war in 2003 and the policies of media coverage that have been used to report the conflict. The research focuses of Al Jazeera satellite channel as a case study. The key research question revolves around the developments that took place in wartime at the level of media strategies during the above mentioned conflict. To this end, the study investigates the way media conditions changed, especially around the rise of Al Jazeera, and the role the channel played in covering the war events. In the case of the 2003 Iraq war, Al Jazeera and other Arab satellite channels expanded the news agenda to include an alternative perspective to the western mainstream media. This thesis argues that this was a major development, which had a critical effect on the flow of information, and radically challenged existing mainstream news management policies. A triangulation of qualitative research methods has been applied to examine the issues this thesis is critically assessing. The researcher conducted in-depth interviews and used ethnographic approach in order to answer the main research question.


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