By Naomi Sakr
There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this crucial yet unsettled area are more and more performed out on tv displays and within the tussles over programming that happen in the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now comprise deepest terrestrial stations in a few Arab states. it's an urgently desiring to be made experience of; this ebook does precisely this in a truly readable and authoritative approach, via exploring and explaining the evolving buildings and content material offerings in either leisure and information of latest Arab tv. It indicates how vendors, traders, newshounds, presenters, creation businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates impression one another in a geolinguistic market that encompasses the Arab quarter itself and groups in a foreign country. Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the ebook bargains a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite geographical regions: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which received the center jap reviews e-book Prize in 2003.
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84 The 2006 law imposed jail terms of up to one year, as well as fines, for media content deemed insulting to God, the Prophets, members of the Prophet Mohammed’s household, or the basis of the Islamic faith. Material calling for overturning the ruling system by force or other ‘illegal means’ was banned under the press law by cross-reference to articles in the penal code, which make such calls punishable by imprisonment for life. Insults to the ruler of Kuwait were made punishable by fines of up to $70,000.
After Arafat’s death in 2004, the PA’s new president, Mahmoud Abbas, initiated changes in oversight of the PBC and the Palestinian Satellite Channel. Whereas these had previously come under the PLO Executive Committee and PA presidency, they were transferred in April 2005 to the ministry of information. The information minister, Nabil Shaath, merged them into a single corporation, in a move that was said to make the PBC publicly accountable for the first time, for both its budget and appointments.
Articles 3 and 9 of the country’s Broadcasting Act, passed in 2004, echo these taboos by prohibiting anything that undermines the kingdom’s ‘sacred institutions and values, moral standards, and the people’s dignity’. The sacking of three managers from 2M in April 2000 had clearly signalled that the term ‘people’s dignity’ stands for, among other things, Morocco’s territorial claim to the Western Sahara. Communications minister Larbi Messari ordered the sackings after an episode of 2M’s regular review of the weekly press had shown an image of the latest edition of Le Journal, featuring an interview with the Polisario leader, Mohammed Abdelaziz.