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ARAB MEDIA AND POLITICAL RENEWAL Community, Legitimacy and by Naomi Sakr

By Naomi Sakr

People are at the movement around the Arab international, organizing politically in new methods. The Arab media have additionally gone through a metamorphosis and are nonetheless in a country of flux. it truly is as a result the most important with a view to speak about political projects within the zone within the mild of media developments.  This authoritative e-book solutions key questions about the connections among media and political swap within the Arab world.  utilizing study into, for instance, practices of net clients, newshounds, demonstrators and manufacturers of truth television, it explores the interface among public interplay over the airwaves, on the polls and at the streets. a full of life team of participants explores such matters as no matter if adolescents are served good through new media, no matter if running a blog is an influential political device, even if satellite tv for pc information is helping or hinders diasporic groups politically, and lots more and plenty extra.  Engaging with debates on the center of public affairs and pop culture in Arab international locations, this publication addresses everybody who seeks to know the media politics of this primary, frequently misunderstood region.

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But it also contained a pun on the name of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, with its significant Syrian military presence, and the Arabic word boqaa, meaning stains. 35 A R A B M E D I A A N D P O L I T I C A L R E N E WA L Popular culture also provided a reference for the slogans. A line from a song by Madonna, ‘Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep’, was written on a placard carrying the photographs of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad and his late father Hafez, the former president. ’) were written in black and white on several placards, using the punch line in a popular joke to refer to the Lebanese people’s defiance of Syrian dominance.

Both stations deliberately contributed to a new public discourse in which Martyrs’ Square, where the protests at Hariri’s killing took place, became known as Freedom Square. 31 Ever since the post-civil-war reconstruction of downtown Beirut the area had come to be popularly known as either ‘Downtown’ (in English) or ‘Solidère’, after the name of the company (largely owned by Hariri) that rebuilt the centre. By resurrecting the term al-balad, television stations seemed to be trying to reconnect with the public, invoking a lost language relating to a shared experience of a time before the civil war.

Politicians also used television to send other non-verbal messages. Rafiq Hariri’s sister, MP Bahia Hariri, started wearing a blue badge signifying ‘the truth’ during her television appearances. All presenters on Future TV later started to wear the badge too. 49 The beginning of March marked a media contest between pro- and anti-Syrian demonstrators over the same symbols and issues. The saturation television coverage of anti-Syrian demonstrators did not go unnoticed by Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, who announced that he was well versed in camera techniques.

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