Arabic Media Coverage of Pandemics

Arabic Media Coverage of Pandemics Discourse, Strategy and Impact - Routledge Studies in Middle East Film and Media

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Publisher's Synopsis

Focused on two networks, Al-Jazeera and BBC Arabic, this study provides an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of different media strategies employed in the coverage of Covid-19.

The author draws primarily from Critical Discourse Analysis, supplemented by an analysis of corpora from both Al-Jazeera and BBC, comprising news items, documentaries and discussion shows. An array of key topics are examined for their language and lexis, including political leaders and governments, the public and victims of Covid-19. The two networks' coverage of these topics are closely compared and contrasted, with both employing strategies of exemplification, nominalisation, functionalisation, naming and labelling. The analysis shows that the two networks have displayed a solidarity discourse throughout the pandemic, emphasising the need to fight the disease. In addition, the networks have consistently stressed the gravity of the pandemic, urging adherence to local regulations. It is ultimately argued that examining the coverage of Covid-19 from a dialectical perspective will enable us to unravel the social, cultural, political, and ideological motives behind the production of pandemic media discourse.

The book will appeal to students and researchers in linguistics, media and communications, and Middle Eastern studies, as well as to general readers interested in conflict and pandemic response.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781032354200
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.230956
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 1130g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 13mm