Online Media and Freedom of Expression in The Arab world: The Case of The Al-Arabiya Site.

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Abstract

The paper reports the perceptions of users in relation to their participation in one of the media sites in the Arab world and comments on the site's ability to foster a public sphere for the Arabs. This site is the Al Arabiya site, which is the official website of the popular TV station the Al Arabiya and was selected because of its growing popularity among Arabs. The paper is the result of an empirical study that was conducted in 2007 and used a descriptive survey to collect the data. The study concludes that the feedback facility available on the site allowed Arabs to not only discuss and debate issues that concern them as a group but also made them capable of contributing to the media content and challenging the truth about what is reported.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIADIS 2008
Subtitle of host publicationWWW/Internet
Place of PublicationFreiburg, Germany
PublisherIADIS Press
Pages499-503
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Association for Developement of the Information Society (IADIS) Conference - Freiburg, Germany, Germany
Duration: 13 Oct 200815 Oct 2008

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for Developement of the Information Society (IADIS) Conference
CountryGermany
Period13/10/0815/10/08

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