Western Liberals and their ‘Problem’ with “Muslim Rage”
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: We’re [Christians and Jews] above that sort of blood-letting. We solve our differences civilly through debate and the free exchange of ideas. As if…
Ramadan Epic Tale Rekindles Familiar Ire
DANIEL M. VARISCO: In its depiction of the life of the second caliph a television epic has touched a nerve while attracting huge viewing numbers
GCC Media and the Language of Racism
CHRISTINA HEBERT: “Aren’t they people too?” He was a man. She was a woman. Their lives mattered. Let’s show that they did.
Pot, Kettle, Black: Jordanian MPs Call Out Media
NASEEM TARAWNAH: When I saw the accusations I felt like my head was imploding.
Vodafone’s Egyptian Meltdown: Arab Spring Victim?
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s been a bad year for Vodafone in Egypt. Are the problems of their own making?
Pure Theatre: The Drama Of The Press Conference
MAURICE CHAMMAH, ARABLIT: It’s a performance which has protagonists and an audience. Too often though the drama is not reflected in the finished article
U.S. Billionaires, Israel Media: Please, No More…
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Adelson, Klarman… Israel needs these far-right pro-Israel billionaires in its media like it needs a hole in the head.
Bahrain, A Soft Touch for Celebrity Journalists
STEVE ROYSTON: I can think of a couple of neighbouring countries where someone in his position would not be allowed into the country in the first place,
No Oxymoron: Having Both Effective Defamation Laws and a Healthy Media
MATT J. DUFFY: Private parties should be allowed to settle differences via civil courts and truth should be set as the ultimate defence against defamation.
Firebombed Newspaper Charlie Hebdo a Victim of its Own Making
ROB L. WAGNER: Charlie Hebdo’s editors abuse the privilege of being journalists. Their behavior strengthens the argument anti blasphemy laws are necessary
The Not-So-Slick Arab Public Relations Machine
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Arabs seem to have an unhelpful skill for appalling public relations skills, according to a leading commentator. What’s to be done?
Media Watching: Be Careful What You Tweet
ALEXANDER MCNABB: This distortion of expressed opinion coming, let us not forget, from those who purport to give us ‘context and analysis’…
Saudi Media Law: Let’s Just Get Rid of It
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi authorities have paid attention to the furore that greeted the new legislation dealing with the media.
Arab Leaders Losing Battle to Control the News
JAMES M. DORSEY: Embattled regimes have failed in their effort to choke off independent reporting to ensure that their version of events dominates the news.
Bin Laden: A Study in News Management
ANDREW MACKAY: Even the BBC’s Washington correspondent noted how adroitly the US administration had trod the line between triumphalism and glee at bin Laden’s death.
New Saudi Media Law Bans… Almost Anything
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The newly unveiled Saudi media law represents a huge step backward for free speech. Maybe we’ll just talk about the weather. Hold on, though, that could be controversial too.
All the News That’s Fit to Print (Around the Ad)
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The message is so far at odds with the content, it’s almost ludicrous. How does Nestlé Middle East or Nestlé’s agency think it effectively positions the company’s brand?
UAE Newspapers & the Self Censorship Debate
MATT J. DUFFY: The subject matter of this article offers a insight into which types of stories the paper’s leadership believe would be “irresponsible.”