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Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya: Different Channels or Three Sides of the Same Triangle?

El Mustapha Lahlali

in Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639090
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671304 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639090.003.0004
Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya: Different Channels or Three Sides of the Same Triangle?

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This chapter introduces three main channels and explores the main similarities and differences between these channels with a focus on their policies, sponsors, strategies, and objectives. Al-Jazeera's approach of fearing no one gains the channel popularity among the Arab public, but makes it unpopular among Arab regimes and some Western governments. Despite its endeavour to provide free and transparent coverage, the channel has stopped short of achieving this goal because of its loyalty to the Qatari government. Meanwhile, Al-Hurra's code of practice is seen to restrict its coverage of events that could be of great interest to the Arabic public, as the channel cannot cover anything that conflicts with its main foreign policy. Al-Arabiya is more open to providing a platform for people of hostile views to the US government. Unlike Al-Hurra, Al-Arabiya runs call-in shows, where the audience is invited to take part in the discussion.

Keywords: Al-Jazeera; Al-Hurra; Al-Arabiya; policies; strategies; sponsors; Qatari government

Chapter.  14041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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