By Naomi Sakr
There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this critical yet unsettled zone are more and more performed out on tv displays and within the tussles over programming that occur in the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now contain deepest terrestrial stations in a few Arab states. it's an urgently wanting to be made experience of; this booklet does precisely this in a really readable and authoritative approach, via exploring and explaining the evolving buildings and content material offerings in either leisure and information of up to date Arab tv. It exhibits how proprietors, traders, reporters, presenters, creation businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates impact one another in a geolinguistic market that encompasses the Arab zone itself and groups out of the country. Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the booklet bargains a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite nation-states: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which received the center jap reports publication Prize in 2003.
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62 But 2005 saw yet another policy switch, with Télé-Liban’s cumulative losses approaching $100 million and another new information minister urging the cabinet to agree to merge the state television and radio stations as a first step to selling off part of the government’s stake. 63 While ERTU losses greatly surpassed those of Télé-Liban, official statements about how to deal with them were equally contradictory. Overstaffing was a contributory factor, but on an altogether different scale; in the absence of precise data about the ERTU workforce the consensus estimate in 2006 was 40,000.
The ministry of interior’s General Directorate of General Security (Sûreté Générale) was also heavily involved, with the Sûreté’s website declaring ‘media censorship’ to be its second most important function. 18 Nor was the NAC ever given control over the licensing of satellite channels based in Lebanon. While Law 382 dealt with terrestrial broadcasting, Law 531 gave the cabinet powers to grant or revoke licences for satellite channels. In Morocco, as in Lebanon, the creation of a body to regulate broadcasting came several years after the country’s first experience of private channels.
Dubai, which is often pictured as operating a far more liberal media regime than Saudi Arabia, also outlaws material on security grounds, whether in print or broadcast media. Alim Jumaa, head of the Dubai censorship office, set out the principles underlying UAE media law when asked to explain cuts made in the film Syriana before it was shown locally in 2006. ’ 80 Under Morocco’s constitution, issues put off limits for discussion include the institution of the monarchy and the king himself. Article 28 of the 1996 Constitution states that the king’s speeches to both houses of parliament ‘shall not be subject to debate’.