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Media on Media Roundup (November 29)

[Image taken at a protest outside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in Cairo from May 2016. Image from Egyptian Chronicles Blog] [Image taken at a protest outside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in Cairo from May 2016. Image from Egyptian Chronicles Blog]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup revolves around a number of topics dealing with Egypt’s legal dispute with its press syndicate, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s absence from Twitter, and how White Helmets’ "Mannequin Challenge" video blew up in their face.

Egyptian authorities have recently been under heat for their continuing efforts to silence opposition media. Imprisoned photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid "Shawkan" was awarded an International Press Freedom Award in absentia by the Committee to Protect Journalists, for his dedication to documenting the Egyptian revolution.

Commentators are questioning Sisi’s position towards the ongoing war in Syria, given that Egypt itself is having a war of words with Al Jazeera, which recently produced a documentary about the harsh conditions Egyptians undergo while conscripting to the army.

Saudi Twitter users have noticed the absence of Jamal Khashoggi’s political one-liners after having recently made anti-Trump statements.

The White Helmets’ "Mannequin Challenge" video has stirred criticism online, leaving the organization open to criticism from opponents regarding the authenticity of its operations.

All of these stories and more are available below in further detail.

Media and Politics

موقف مصر من الصراع السوري في صحف عربية
المصدر: بي بي سي
تستعين هذه المقالة بعدد من الصحف العربية لمعرفة حقيقة "الموقف المصري من الوضع في سوريا".

الربح يحد دملامح صورة «الآخرالسعودي» في الإعلام الغربي
المصدر: الشرق
تناقش هذه المقالة دراسة علمية اجريت حول موضوع "صورة السعودي" في الإعلام الغربي، وذلك منذ نشأة الدولة في عام 1912 حتى نهاية 2005، مع العلم ان كاريزما الملك هي من ابرز العوامل التي كونت تلك الصورة عن المواطن السعودي لدى الغرب.

قناة الجزيرة والإعلام المصري .. اندلاع حرب خطيرة وقصف في كل الاتجاهات
المصدر: المغرب 24
تظهر هذه المقالة ان الحساسيات ما بين مصـر وقناة الجزيرة القطريـة ما زالت قائمة، وذلك على خلفية انتاج القناة لوثائقي جديد يلقي الضوء على قساوة عملية التجنيد الإجباري في مصر، الأمر الذي اثار موجات غضب بين المصريين.


Islamic cinema is booming. Can it break into Western markets?
Source: The Economist (blog)
While there is demand and potential for the global growth of Islamic cinema, there are still hurdles to overcome, in particular when it comes to Sunni-Shia narrative differences.

Exhibiting Arab modern art in Iran is about more than just diplomacy
Source: The Conversation
An art exhibit in Tehran has exhibited forty works by prominent Arab artists alongside forty works by Iranian artists, in a show of cultural diplomacy. Differences in cultural modernities are reflected in the exhibit.

Oslo feels the warm blast of Middle East music for six-day festival
Source: Middle East Eye
Lebanese band Mashrou Leila and Syrian popstar Omar Souleyman rock the stage at Oslo World Music festival, urging the world to look to the area for "inspirational music" rather than just bad news.

Media Industries

Kantar Media to close down UAE "People Meter" service
Source: The Campaign ME
Internal disputes among stakeholders have led to the closure of an audience-monitoring service, which allows advertisers and TV networks to measure ratings and value of content.

UAE newspaper 7DAYS announces closure
Source: The Campaign ME
In this digitally driven age, another newspaper is being forced to shut down after advertising spending in print as a whole has exponentially decreased in recent years.

What does the closure of 7Days mean for the UAE’s print industry?
Source: Alex of Arabia (blog)
Alex of Arabia makes the argument that 7DAYS, a regional pioneer in its revenue business model, should consider moving towards an all-digital platform if it plans on creating any profit.

بروتوكول تعاون بين شبكة  "ON TV" وتلفزيون أبوظبي
المصدر: العرب News
تصف هذه المقالة تفاصيل الإتفاق بين الشبكتين، مشددة على أهمية هذا النوع من التعاون الإعلامي المشترك بين الدول.

Freedom of Journalists/Expression

Face-off at Egypt's Press Syndicate
Source: Al Jazeera
This episode of The Listening Post covers the ongoing legal procedures between the Egyptian press syndicate and the state, featuring journalist Khaled Diab and media scholar Marwan Kraidy.

Turkey detains BBC journalist reporting on mine disaster
Source: The Guardian
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues his clampdown on Turkish media outlets, though this time it’s BBC’s Hatice Kamer who is at the receiving end.

Dictators are turning war on terror into "unprecedented" attack on freedom, says Mohamed Fahmy
Source: National Observer
In this interview with National Observer, award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy contends that authoritative regimes present the greatest threat to human rights, freedom of speech and journalism.

Jailed by Egypt, honored for his photojournalism
Source: NYT
Despite his detainment without trial since 2013, Mahmoud Abou Zeid "Shawkan" has been awarded an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists for his dedication to document the Egyptian revolution. He received the award in absentia.

تسلسل زمني: مسار الأزمة الأخيرة بين «الصحفيين» والدولة
المصدر: مدى مصر
تقوم هذه المقالة بسرد الأحداث والمحطات الرئيسية التي ادت الى الإختلاف بين نقابة الصحفيين والدولة  وصولًا إلىصدورالحكمالقضائيغيرالمسبوق بحبس النقيب وعضوي مجلس النقابة.

نشطاء يتساءلون عن سبب "غياب" تغريدات الإعلامي السعودي جمال خاشقجي
المصدر: CNN بالعربية
نقلت وسائل إعلام عربية أن السلطات السعودية أصدرت أمرًا بمنع الكاتب جمال خاشقجى من الكتابة، سواء فى الصحف المحلية أو الخارجية، ومنع ظهوره فى المحطات التلفزيونية العربية والأجنبية، وذلك مواقفه المعارضة لسياسات الرئيس الأميركي ترامب.

Social Media

Mosul battle: How the fight against Isis is being reported through victory selfies and Facebook statuses
Source: The Independent
Post-battle selfies and regular field updates are changing the way wars are being covered, giving agency to those on the frontline and often surpassing traditional news sourcees.

Why an Israeli general is Facebook chatting with Palestinians
Source: Al-Monitor
A live Facebook chat session was recently moderated by Israeli general Yoav Mordechai between residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

White Helmets backlash after Mannequin Challenge video
Source: BBC
A recent attempt to harness international attention for the White Helmets’ life-saving efforts in Aleppo has backfired. The "Mannequin Challenge" video has caused a chain of negative reactions on social media, in which the authenticity of the organization is challenged.

Israel is burning: Arab social media flooded with inflammatory messages celebrating deadly wildfire
Source: International Business Times
“Israel is burning” becomes a popular hashtag on Twitter as Arabs rejoice during Israel's fires.

Media Practices

Media and conflicts: The Israeli-Palestinian case
Source: Euro News
A recent INFOCORE study examines how digital media has approached varying discourses regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syrian civil war.

Moroccan state TV shows women how to hide domestic violence
Source: The Guardian
Two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, ?2M’ decides to air a segment on how to cover up bruises with makeup, causing major waves of criticism from Moroccan women--broadcast video is featured in the article.


Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor
Source: The Guardian
A Toronto television journalist will be Canada’s first hijab-wearing Muslim anchor-woman. 

From Jadaliyya Media Roundups

Fears grow for the 16th journalist abducted in Yemen this year
Source: Arabian Peninsula Jadaliyya Media Roundup
Taoufik Al Mansouri, Al-Masdar’s director, has been held by Houthi rebels for eighteen months.

Journalists Syndicate leading figures sentenced to two years in prison
Source: Jadaliyya Egypt Media Roundup
Three leading figures of Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate including its head were sentenced on Saturday to two years in prison for harboring two fugitives at the syndicate headquarters and spreading false news.

Journalists' Syndicate leaders to appeal 2-year sentence
Source: Jadaliyya Egypt Media Roundup
Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate condemned the conviction of three syndicate leaders on charges of harboring fugitives, confirming they will appeal the verdict, the union said in a statement on Saturday.

TV host Moataz Matar sentenced to 3 years in prison
Source: Jadaliyya Egypt Media Roundup
An Egyptian court sentenced TV host Moataz Matar in absentia to three years in prison for inciting protests against the state and spreading rumors through his program aired on al-Sharq satellite channel.

السجن والجلد لفتاتين سعوديتين تبادلتا السباب عبر واتساب
المصدر: Arabian Penisnsula Jadaliyya Media Roundup
السجن والجلد، دون تحديد لمدة المحكومية او عدد الجلدات التي نالتها كل منهما بسبب شتائم على واتس آب.

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. These roundups are produced and curated in collaboration with the American University of Beirut's Media Studies Program. The items collected here do not reflect the views of Jadaliyya or the editors of the Media Page.]

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