69. Name: Jan Kužvart Title:AlJazeeraversusAlArabiya:MediaRivalrybetweentheQatari and Saudi Ruling Families against the Backdrop of the 2006 War in Lebanon Institution: Charles University Country: Czech Republic Date: 2011 Language: Czech Abstract: This thesis deals with two Arab satellite channels, the Qatari Al Jazeera and the Saudi al Arabiya, in order to identify the way in which they reported the war in Lebanon between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah during the summer of 2006. Although the influence of both Qatar and Saudi Arabia extends to a number of other media outlets in the Arab region and beyond, this study focuses only on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, which represent their flagship and most influential media outlets. The news coverage of these two channels is put into context of regional rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s ruling families. The thesis focuses on a wide range of issues including the role of media in foreign policy of the state of Qatar and that of Saudi Arabia, the use of media to securing stability of the ruling regimes and pursuing their national interest and regional influence. The main theoretical concept of the thesis is the Arab media model, which enables the projection of interests and political agendas of the ruling families in both countries into their media institutions.
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