Representational revolution or contentious capitulation? Discourse analysis of Al Jazeera English's
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This study analyses the overall news discourse of Al Jazeera English a relatively new English-language sibling of the controversial Al Jazeera Arabic and in particular its coverage of the popular uprisings – dubbed the “Arab Spring” – against the long-time rulers in regions commonly known as the Middle East and North Africa. While acknowledging the initial success of Al Jazeera English in constructing a new news discourse based on its “localness” against its Western-based rivals’ “otherizing” discourse around issues that concern these regions from the point of view habits and sensitivities of its habitants this study also points out the channel’s weaknesses as well as shortcomings and contradictions in preserving and further developing its self-proclaimed initial goals of “giving a voice to the untold stories” and “reversing the North-to-South flow of information.” Proposing that Al Jazeera English’s news discourse metamorphosed toward a more Eurocentric media representation the analytical framework of this dissertation also suggests that the channel has failed to position itself as the reference local source for the region’s and the world’s events. Presenting the two main reasons that led to this metamorphosis this study underlines the hegemonic relationships which placed editorial and financial burdens on the channel as well as Al Jazeera English’s ambitions to become a more widely known international television station with a significant influence on both regional and global politics as the main motivations for its recently altered discourse. -- Abstract'tan.