The politics of political communication: Competing news discourses of the 2011 Egyptian protests.
The world witnessed the Egyptian community building political protests toward fundamental government change in early 2011. This research explores how news discourse across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the U.S. constructed these political protests, and how media figure in their narratives. Digital media became central characters in the U.S. version, which often referred to events in Egypt as a ‘facebook revolution’. We question whether this emphasis was shared across other news sources outside of the U.S. in the Arab region. This study builds on research conducted on news discourse of political protests, how U.S. media cover the Middle East, and how comparative research informs our knowledge of political communication.
Ghobrial, B.G., & Wilkins, K.G. (2014). The politics of political communication: Competing news discourses of the 2011 Egyptian protests. International Communication Gazette 77(2), 129-150.
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