Al Jazeera: One Name, Two Channels

Many loyal Al Jazeera English viewers worldwide are drawn to the television network because of its insightful coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings – and its in-depth reporting from the developing world. Since its creation in 2006, the Qatari-based English-language channel has deployed its resources around the world to fulfill a goal of being “the voice of the global south,” though it has done so with a distinctive Western style. The tagline “This is Al Jazeera” echoes James Earl Jones’ signature “This is CNN.” One of its flagship shows, “Inside Story,” analyzes the news of the day by presenting the kind of...

Now UN Diplomats Fig...

Twitter fever has gone from the masses to Hollywood. Now global diplomats at the UN are the latest to be hit by the bug, creating new ways to cooperate–or jab each other. New media tools were for a long time used sparingly by foreign missions, usually to distribute official statements....

US and Pakistani Media Split Over Balochistan May08

US and Pakistani Med...

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in February held a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations, which he chairs.  The subject might have seemed a bit strange for most Americans.  It was on the right to self-determination for the people of...

Al Jazeera, CNN and ...

In February, Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of an Israeli Defense Ministry envoy in India, hopped into her car with the family’s driver. Shortly after they entered traffic,  a passing biker on a red motorcycle stuck a bomb on their Toyota Innova. The explosion injured Koren and her driver. Sound...

Global Fatigue Keeps...

The ongoing revolution in Syria erupted just over a year ago in March 2011.  Thousands of Syrians hit the streets to demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down, starting a bloody battle between the security forces and protesters. Violence escalated as the military bombarded rebel towns...

With Putin Back as President, Media Play the Cold War Card May07

With Putin Back as President, Media Play the Cold ...

As Vladimir V. Putin once again assumes the Russian presidency, the expectation in the Western media appears to be that Putin will set a markedly different tone from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—one that torpedoes Russia’s re-set with the U.S., and infuses the countries’ relationship with a Soviet-style tension. After the Cold War ended in 1991, a new era of reconciliation between the two two superpowers began haltingly under President Boris Yeltsin.  Then, the 21st century brought the first Putin presidency and with it old fears of the Cold War. The ascension to the presidency of his more diplomatic partner Medvedev between 2008...

Russian media grapples with Syria

A small group of men armed with AK47s and hand-grenades attacks a government held checkpoint on a road that leads into the Syrian city of Homs.  One of their charges, a 23-year-old mechanic named Fouad Khashan, is shot and rushed to hospital. He dies en route. This story and the accompanying video came from a report by CBS’s Clarissa Ward in early February. Such images have been playing a critical role in influencing American public opinion about the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. So what then of the commensurate reports in Russia? Since Russia’s veto of the U.N. resolution to declare the al-Assad regime illegitimate,...

‘Netizens’ Pry Open Censorship in China May07

‘Netizens̵...

When suddenly Chinese had access to President Barack Obama’s Google+ account in February, some 600 messages poured in. Some asked the American president to clarify the mysterious circumstances surrounding a former police chief who had taken refuge in a U.S. consulate because of corruption...

A Trojan Bailout? Examining Media Coverage of the Greek Debt Crisis May06

A Trojan Bailout? Examining Media Coverage of the ...

Eurozone countries formally approved Greece’s financial bailout in mid-March after weeks of negotiations. An integral part of the bailout deal was a bond swap in which 85 percent of Greek bondholders – among them French, German and British banks — agreed to a ‘haircut,’ or loss, of 75 percent of their original investment in Greek bonds. The bond swap overnight cut 100 billion euros from Greece’s 368 billion euro debt burden, but the bailout — Greece’s second in since 2010 — had heavy strings attached. Greece had to agree to severe austerity measures over the coming years, and to having its financial affairs...

Media Controls Conti...

Al-Tahrir, CBC, Masr 25. These private television channels are among the many news media outlets that have sprung up in Egypt since the forced resignation of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak early last year.  Opposition political figures who once had little or no access to the news...