This book reveals how Al Jazeera and its news coverage became a force for change politically, socially and culturally in the Middle East in general, and the Arab World in particular.
It explores pre-Al Jazeera and post-Al Jazeera representations of humanitarian crises and identifies a potentially significant partnership between the news organizations and humanitarian actors. By tracing the evolution of the news network, the book sheds new light on how Al Jazeera effected change in the Global South. The research identifies a significant relationship between Al Jazeera’s news coverage and the ability to forecast international humanitarian actions, politically and militarily. It also explores the potential for continued partnership between humanitarian actors and news organization to identify crises in their early stages. Lastly, the book examines the distinct, original lexicon developed by Al Jazeera for humanitarian affairs and shows how the network influenced international media stylebooks and changed humanitarian coverage on key global issues.
A compelling examination of Al Jazeera’s news operation that will be of interest to students and scholars of Media Studies, Political Communication, Journalism and News Reporting, International Politics and the Media, and Arab Media.
Introduction 1. A Voice in the Wilderness: The Early Years of Building Al-Jazeera From the Ground Up 2. From South to North: Reversing the Flow of Information while Covering War and Disaster 3. A New Kind of Humanitarian Journalism: Partnerships, Coalitions, Research and Investigations 4. Case Studies and Al Jazeera’s next Phase: Protecting Journalists, Human Rights, and Predicting Disaster 5. The Power of Words: Between Al-Jazeera’s Humanitarian Stylebook and the Hateful Rhetoric of "Radio Rwanda" 6. Ethics and Values of Good Journalism in a Dictatorial Environment Conclusion: Global Press Freedoms Under Attack
Humanitarianism is defined by assumptions that guide global solidarity, and posits that all peoples are part of the same humanity, no matter who they are, what they believe or where they live. These principles suggest that when media show the suffering of others, global publics respond in ways that facilitate disaster relief and help alleviate pain. But reactions to crises are also shaped by those who bear witness, tell the stories, share the data, and take the pictures of communities rocked by crises. Media content can also help humanitarians who seek to address root causes of disasters, or it can serve to obscure the causes in many ways.
This series explores the multiple intersections between media and the work of humanitarian actors, and offers critical analysis of media, its uses, its coverage, how it has changed, and how it is misused in the representation of humanitarianism. Authors identify cutting-edge uses of new media technologies, including big data and virtual reality, and assess the conventions of older legacy media. For movements toward global peace, all peoples should be represented at the table and have their voices heard, including those outside the media spotlight.