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Testing Legal Boundaries within Arab Media Hubs: Reporting, Law and Politics in Three Media Cities

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Pawel Krzysiek

Independent Researcher, Poland
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Abstract

A dynamic transformation of the Arab world raises important questions about the character of structural alterations within Arab regimes. This transition has effected several changes in the legal sphere of Arab media. Rejecting the paradigm of the Arab world’s democratization, this article argues for the Arab regimes’ ability to adjust to globalization trends without a substantial loss of power. Based on empirical evidence, the legal aspects that govern media organizations within free media zones in Egypt, Jordan and Dubai have been examined. Perceived as ‘oases of media freedom’, these zones illustrate the ability of Arab regimes to meet the challenges of globalization with regard to media. In order to supposedly preserve social stability and cultural heritage, these regimes retain control over zones’ tenants through various means of control, such as direct and indirect censorship, structure of ownership, unclear business ties between media and statecontrolled agencies, and vague laws.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.105
How to Cite: Krzysiek, P., (2009). Testing Legal Boundaries within Arab Media Hubs: Reporting, Law and Politics in Three Media Cities. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 6(1), pp.96–91. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.105
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Published on 01 May 2009.
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