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The Changing Middle EastA New Look at Regional Dynamics$
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Bahgat Korany

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163531

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163531.001.0001

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Arab Media over the Past Twenty Years: Opportunities and Challenges

Arab Media over the Past Twenty Years: Opportunities and Challenges

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The Changing Middle East

Bahgat Korany

American University in Cairo Press

No discussion of the political, economic, democratic, or developmental arena of a country or region is complete without a discussion of its media system. The ideal relationship is a symbiotic one, where political systems provide freedom of expression and access to information while the resulting healthy environment and participatory civic society help fuel democracy and development. Media systems are complex enough when addressing one country, and certainly a major challenge when addressing the “Middle East” in the larger sense of including non-Arab countries. Although the traditional press is no longer as important, it is believed that electronic media systems have been the active agents of change during the last twenty years, principally because the main factors involved are satellite television and new media, particularly the internet.

Keywords:   Arab media, political systems, Middle East, freedom of expression, democracy, satellite television, new media, internet

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