Freedom of expression in new Arab landscape

Spreading of new Arab satellite TV stations: consequences on public opinions and on state control of freedom of expression

Donatella Della Ratta

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The lecture will deal about freedom of expression in the Arab world after the spreading of new private satellite channels opposing the traditional state monopoly and censorship in TV broadcasting. It will focus on the case study of Al Jazeera being the first Arab TV station to build its editorial policy around “the opinion and the counter-opinion” and the public expression of different points of view, from the very conservative to the ones that are traditionally banned because of their violent opposition to Arab regimes.