The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict

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:
The Arab Media and the Discourse of Conflict

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This chapter is devoted to an analysis of the coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in 2006. The genre of language employed in the coverage of the conflict in Arab media channels reveals their political and ideological orientations. The analysis shows that the channels adopted different strategies in producing their text/discourses and demonstrated how Arabic channels have shown different approaches in the way they report conflicts. As the analysis shows, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra have used different discourses to represent the content and meaning of the news. Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya have shown some similarities in their coverage of the conflict, and this is manifested in their selection of lexis to represent different parties in the conflict. Both channels seem to cover the conflict, taking into account their sponsors' stance. Al-Jazeera's strategy is different. Its coverage of the conflict could be seen to be from an Arab perspective.

Keywords: Israeli-Hezbollah conflict; language; discourse; coverage of conflict; Al-Jazeera; Al-Hurra; Al- Arabiya

Chapter.  12246 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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