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Transformations in Egyptian Journalism

Transformations in Egyptian Journalism
Naomi Sakr

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Egypt's revolutionary uprising in 2011 raised important questions about the kind of journalism that would be viable in the country's changing political dynamics. Suddenly the output of bloggers, online radio and social media news operations, which had all formed part of the groundswell of action against dictatorship and repression, posed an explicit challenge to journalists in state-run and commercial media companies who were more directly subject to government controls. As different interest groups struggle over the country's future, Naomi Sakr considers emerging visions of journalism in Egypt. In this book she charts recent transformations in Egyptian journalism, exploring diverse approaches to converged media and the place of participatory cross-media networks in expanding and developing the country's body of professional journalists. She analyses journalists' initiatives for restructuring publicly owned media and securing a safe and open environment in which to work.

Table of Contents

A National Rethink of News Values
Intensified repression of the media under SCAF
A re-energised news sector
Overview

Lessons from the Push for Professional Autonomy
Diverse approaches to the profession
Individuals vs institutions
Attitudes to social media as tools of news-gathering

Stimuli for a Public Service Ethos
Journalists’ initiatives outside the state-run media
Public ownership scenarios for state-run publications
Support for an independent ERTU
Implications for journalism in the private commercial sector

Nuts and Bolts of a New Deal
Unionisation in a legal limbo
Voluntary codes at company level
Scope for cross-border support
Labour and NGO laws’ impact on free speech

Conclusions

Author Info

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, and Director of the CAMRI Arab Media Centre. Her books, all published by I.B.Tauris, include Arab Television Today and Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East and (as editor) Women and Media in the Middle East and Arab Media and Polititical Renewal.

Review

‘...should be required reading for American public diplomacy specialists who want to engage Egyptians through the media…Sakr's sleek volume presents shrewd analysis as well as capsule profiles of dozens of Egyptian writers, broadcasters, and entrepreneurs who are barely known in the United States but well worth engaging.’
Joseph Braude, Huffington Post

‘This is an outstanding piece of work: detailed, deeply knowledgeable, authoritative, and with some bravura reporting … which I imagine will become a reference work on the subject.’
David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times, and author of Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance

Extras

Transforming an Institution Read

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Reuters Challenges

Paperback
ISBN: 9781780765891
Publication Date: 29 May 2013
Number of Pages: 128
Height: 216
Width: 134

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