Gaza, al Jazeera and the future of news in the Arab world and what matters?

The pictures. The sounds. The rhythm of news and the ratatatt of people speaking from all over the Arab world; some analysis, much more emotion, more much speechifying.

The sense of bringing you there and of them being there, of a reporter standing up in the darkness or daylight in front of a live and dangerous background, of their breathless delivering of breaking news, of staring at masses in city after cityshouting, marching and getting caught up in the wave, and then the slow stumble into what it means though it all remains a fog as bleery as any other in days to come. But all within hours of the start of the news.

If there was any doubt about the power of Arab satellite television, the crisis in Gaza is the end, and yet another warning for newspapers across the Arab world. A warning they cannot ignore. They cannot capture the news as immediately as before. But what they can do is to use their websites to tell the news immediately, and then their pages to tell stories in detail and offer explanations and to capture in photographs the moments of humanity that can only be preserved in the well considered photo.

The newspapers that used their news pages to capture the history of the moment, al Hayat among them, rose to the occasion. With all of its sources, al Jazeera captured the moment and captured the masses who then became the news that the newspapers wrote about the next day.


The disconnect between coverage of Gaza in the West and Arab world-a very good overview

On coverage — from the Guardian

on coverage – from al Ghad – in Arabic–in Arabic

from al Jazeera, on the Western media’s coverage of Gaza

on al Jazeera in Arabic – an article I wrote for CJR online,0,1236090.story

see the blogs from gaza listed on the left

al jazeera in English on Gaza

on al jazeera in English from the New York Times

praise for an al Jazeera in English correspondent in Gaza, from Haaretz

On the problems facing the foreign press in covering Gaza, from the Guardian

on al Arabiya’s coverage




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