The NWICO Debates Revisited: A Contra-flow from the Arab World?

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This paper aims at engaging with debates on the globalisation of news and international news flows in relation to Arab media. These debates will stem from the MacBride Report published by UNESCO 'Many Voices One World', and relate it to Arab media’s position in contemporary global media. One of the issues raised by the report focuses on unbalanced news flows from the developed world to developing countries. This has been particularly evident in the Arab world where there have been various foreign media broadcasting to the Middle East without any Arab media broadcasting directly to the western world. “As a response to the NWICO report ‘Arab countries also called for a re-balancing of communication flows and for autonomous means of communication: they had to provide the world with their own image of themselves’” (Guaaybess, 2002). This paper looks further into these debates highlighting that Al Jazeera International, which began broadcasting in November 2006, could perhaps act as a start to this contra-flow. Reference: Guaaybess, Tourya (2002) ‘A New Order Of Information In The Arab Broadcasting System’, in Transnational Broadcasting Studies, No.9, Fall/Winter [Online], accessed 9 September 2007

Keywords: Contra-flow, NWICO, Arab Media
Stream: Media and Communications
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: NWICO Debates Revisited, The

Saba ElGhul-Bebawi

PhD Candidate, Media and Communications, University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saba has worked as a radio broadcaster and journalist in the Middle East, and as an administrator, broadcaster and trainer in community radio in Australia. She completed her first MA on community radio analysis from Monash University, and her second MA thesis on community media policy from Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Saba lectures in the MA programme of Media and Communications at Monash University; and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Melbourne on alternative media.

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