1st Edition

Arabic Media Coverage of Pandemics Discourse, Strategy and Impact

By El Mustapha Lahlali Copyright 2023
    190 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focused on two networks, Al-Jazeera and BBC Arabic, this study provides an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of different media strategies employed in the coverage of Covid-19.

    The author draws primarily from Critical Discourse Analysis, supplemented by an analysis of corpora from both Al-Jazeera and BBC, comprising news items, documentaries and discussion shows. An array of key topics are examined for their language and lexis, including political leaders and governments, the public and victims of Covid-19. The two networks’ coverage of these topics are closely compared and contrasted, with both employing strategies of exemplification, nominalisation, functionalisation, naming and labelling. The analysis shows that the two networks have displayed a solidarity discourse throughout the pandemic, emphasising the need to fight the disease. In addition, the networks have consistently stressed the gravity of the pandemic, urging adherence to local regulations. It is ultimately argued that examining the coverage of Covid-19 from a dialectical perspective will enable us to unravel the social, cultural, political, and ideological motives behind the production of pandemic media discourse.

    The book will appeal to students and researchers in linguistics, media and communications, and Middle Eastern studies, as well as to general readers interested in conflict and pandemic response.

    Introduction  1. Media Discourse: Approaches and Strategies  2. Media and the Framing of Covid-19 Voices  3. A Discourse of Solidarity or Disunity?  4. Representation of Victims of Covid-19  5. The Discourse of Lockdowns: Opportunities and Challenges  6. Framing and Labelling the 'Other'  Conclusion


    El Mustapha Lahlali is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Media at the University of Leeds. He is the author of many books, including: Arabic Political Discourse in Transition (Edinburgh University Press, 2022); Advanced Arabic-English Translation: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition (co-authored, Edinburgh University Press, 2022); How to Write in Arabic: Developing Your Academic Style, 2nd Edition (Edinburgh University Press, 2021); Arabic Media Dictionary (Routledge, 2019); and Essential Skills in Arabic: from the Intermediate to the Advanced Level (co-authored, Edinburgh University Press, 2018).