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Satellite sectarianisation or plain old partisanship?: Inciting violence in the Arab mainstream media

Watkins, Jessica (2019) Satellite sectarianisation or plain old partisanship?: Inciting violence in the Arab mainstream media. LSE Middle East Centre report. Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

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Abstract

This report assesses widespread claims that pan-Arab satellite news channels are responsible for inciting sectarian violence during the Arab uprisings. Based on an empirical study of how the most popular channels (Al-Jazeera Arabic and Al-Arabiya) and a competitive newcomer (Al-Mayadeen) have framed seminal events involving violence between sects in Syria and Iraq, the report finds that while often geo-politically charged, some of these claims are valid. While abusive language and direct promotion of violence are rare in a mainstream context, incitement to sectarian violence has been invoked primarily through linguistic and thematic tropes that forge legitimacy claims and narratives of victimhood. The paper draws on these findings to make recommendations for UK policymaker engagement with the Arab media

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2019 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100536

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