By Naomi Sakr
There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this crucial yet unsettled sector are more and more performed out on tv monitors and within the tussles over programming that happen at the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now comprise inner most terrestrial stations in a few Arab states. it truly is an urgently wanting to be made experience of; this publication does precisely this in a truly readable and authoritative manner, via exploring and explaining the evolving buildings and content material offerings in either leisure and information of up to date Arab tv. It indicates how vendors, traders, reporters, presenters, creation businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates effect one another in a geolinguistic industry that encompasses the Arab zone itself and groups in a foreign country. Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the booklet deals a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite geographical regions: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which received the center jap reviews publication Prize in 2003.
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Legislation restricting public speech has first to be seen in the 38 A R A B T E L E V I S IO N T ODAY context of states of emergency declared in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Sudan, and secondly in the context of constitutional curbs in countries like Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Bahrain. Emergency laws confer powers of censorship, arbitrary arrest and detention, and authorize the use of special security courts whose verdicts are not subject to appeal. Although an emergency is by definition temporary, emergency laws introduced in Arab states have generally lasted decades.
53 Moreover, companies operating in the Media Production City free zone are subject to intervention by the Public Authority for Investment and Free Zones, which is authorized to suspend licences. L AW A N D P OL IC Y O N OW N E R S H I P A N D C O N T E N T 31 As noted in the introduction to this chapter, liberalization of broadcasting in Morocco raised expectations that competition for audiences, combined with a lively advertising market, would create pressure for transparency and thereby undermine controls exerted through unseen webs of money and power.
85 In June 2006, Eissa was one of two people on Al-Destour to receive a one-year prison sentence after reporting a legal case that had accused President Mubarak of misusing public money in the privatization of public companies. Mubarak’s accuser, Said Abdullah, was also given a year in jail but all three were freed on bail pending appeal. Wael al-Ibrashi, a Dream TV presenter and journalist on Sawt al-Umma, was one of three journalists put on trial the same month for publishing the initials of judges accused of condoning electoral fraud while overseeing parliamentary elections in November 2005.
Arab Television Today by Naomi Sakr