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Steven Salaita on the Limits to Academic Freedom

Steven Salaita on the Limits to Academic Freedom


Steven Salaita, the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, speaks with Arab Media & Society about academic freedom, tenure, and the special case of Palestine. A prolific writer, Salaita is the author of seven books including Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom and Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where It Comes from and What it Means for Politics Today. His upcoming book is called Inter/nationalism: Decolonizing Native America.


Mohamed Hassanein Heikal

Mohamed Hassanein Heikal

A well-connected journalist, commentator, and master propagandist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal crafted the message of former president and pan-Arab nationalist Gamal Abd al-Nasser and defended his legacy long after his death. Heikal’s books were consistent best sellers in the Arab world, and his political analysis was accorded respect. His influence endured the epochs of long-reigning presidents, a revolution, and its political uncertainty. Senior editor Abdalla Hassan examines his legacy.

We are all...NETWORKED.

We are all...NETWORKED.


Dr. Rasha Abdulla, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo speaks with us about her work on big data, social media and the Egyptian Revolution. Together with a group of scholars from the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Abdulla conducted big data research using the contents of the “We Are All Khaled Said” Facebook page.


Tech, Time, and Jihad

Tech, Time, and Jihad


Why can’t the West ‘do’ long wars? Robert Hassan discusses what he terms a ‘clash of temporalities’ between a Western and secular conception of time that is rigid, and a Muslim and sacred conception where time belongs to God. He examines how extremist groups such as ISIS use digital media to give practical expression to jihadist ideology.


View From the Front Line

View From the Front Line



With over thirty years of experience as a war reporter in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Kurt Pelda is well acquainted with the terrors of armed conflict. In this podcast, he shares his perspectives on the war in Syria, challenges the propaganda emerging from the conflict, and shares his personal experiences of life on the frontlines of some of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


Book Excerpt: Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt

Book Excerpt: Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt


A selection from the book Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt, written by Abdalla F. Hassan and published by I.B. Tauris in association with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Taken from the first chapter of the book, this excerpt examines the evolution and limitations of press freedoms under the Mubarak regime.


Stepping Out of Line: Egypt’s Coverage of Giulio Regeni’s Murder

Stepping Out of Line: Egypt’s Coverage of Giulio Regeni’s Murder


In the aftermath of the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, Basil El-Dabh analyzes how the brutal incident was covered in Egyptian media. El-Dabh points out that with the absence of local coverage, Egyptian television relied heavily on foreign reports. Furthermore, coverage was notably critical of the government response to the killing.

Good Neighbors, Fragile Borders

Good Neighbors, Fragile Borders


Andrew Hammond examines the ideological insecurities of the Saudi regime and the efforts they have made to maintain their territorial integrity. He argues that no amount of media control or manipulation can guarantee protection against the risks associated with long fragile borders like those of Syria with Turkey or Saudi Arabia with Yemen. 


Media Ethics & Migration: From Beirut to American Bombast

Media Ethics & Migration: From Beirut to American Bombast



Veteran journalist Magda Abu-Fadil speaks with us about how the migration crisis has been covered in Lebanese media and beyond, and issues of media ethics in the Arab world. She argues that while the media is not monolithic, xenophobia has had a notable influence in how migration is communicated to the public.


The Interrogation of Photojournalist Kim Badawi

The Interrogation of Photojournalist Kim Badawi


This past fall, photojournalist Kim Badawi was detained and interrogated for over ten hours at Miami International Airport. Badawi, a French-born American citizen of Egyptian and Slovenian ancestry was apparently flagged for his time working as a journalist throughout the Arab world. Badawi spoke to us about the incident via Skype from Houston, Texas. 


ISIS, Revolutionary Romance and the Seduction of Social Media

ISIS, Revolutionary Romance and the Seduction of Social Media


In this excerpt from a longer conversation, Abdallah Schleifer unpacks what draws marginalized youth to ISIS, articulating that just like the social revolutionary movements of the ’60s, the appeal of ISIS is not ideological, but rather existential. ISIS, he argues, offers a way for those on the fringes to transcend their marginalization, and express themselves violently. Ultimately, he says, much of ISIS’s power comes from their exceptional use of media to attract followers. 


The Paris Attacks and the Refugee Narrative

The Paris Attacks and the Refugee Narrative

In light of the Paris attacks, we speak with The Guardian'Patrick Kingsley about the media narrative around the migrant crisis. Since March, Kingsley has reported extensively on this subject from across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. His work has been turned into a book to be published in 2016 by Faber. Kingsley spoke to us via Skype from Amman, Jordan.  

A Marriage of Misunderstanding

A Marriage of Misunderstanding


In April 2014, Egypt’s then foreign minister Nabil Fahmy used a marriage simile to describe the country’s relationship with the United States. At home, the expression didn’t translate. Muhammad Y Gamal discusses the challenges associated with media translation, and makes a case for the development of a coherent media translation policy in Egypt.


State Media that Serves the Public?

State Media that Serves the Public?


Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi conducts an in depth review of BBC Media Action's policy breif After the Arab Uprisings: The prospects for a media that serves the public, examining the viability of their proposed recommendations for reforming Arab national broadcasters.  


Covering Al Qaeda

Covering Al Qaeda



We revisit our 2003 interview with journalist Yosri Fouda where he recounts his experience meeting two top members of Al Qaeda. His account offers insight into the inner workings of the organization and the challenges faced by a journalist covering such a high profile and complex story.

What is There to Celebrate?

What is There to Celebrate?


With the announcement of the first annual Arab Media Day scheduled for April 21, 2016, Ramzy Baroud questions the decision to hold such an event given the sorry state of media in the region. Baroud argues that the theme - "The Role of the Media in Combatting Terrorism" - is overly politicized, and offers seven suggestions for improving Arab journalism.