Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 14: The ‘War on Terror’ in the Arab Media
The ‘War on Terror’ in the Arab Media
How do the 300 million people in the Arab world view the ‘war on terror’? In her contribution, Helga Tawil-Souri contests the notion of the Arab world as a homogeneous entity or assumptions about the existence of a unified Arab media voice. Instead, she contends, there are a range of Arab media voices, given the diversity of Arab nations, in terms of their histories, levels of socio-economic development, media systems and potential for democratization. Tawil-Souri strongly argues that there are competing Arab and Islamic visions on the war on terror and on the concept of jihad itself. She notes that the war on terror has been used by Arab governments ...