The NWICO Debates Revisited: A Contra-flow from the Arab World?
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] http://www.tbsjournal.com/Archives/Fall02/Guaaybess.html, accessed 9 September 2007
Keywords: Contra-flow, NWICO, Arab Media
PhD Candidate, Media and Communications, University of Melbourne