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The Making of Arab News
Noha Mellor
Reviewed by Ehab Hamdi, Alexandria University.
Mellor, Noha. The Making of Arab News. Roman& Littlefield Publishers,
Inc.2...
. The aim of this book is to shed light on the current
news value of the Arab news media
.To emphasize the frame of these ...
 Mellor begins her book with a chapter titled: The
Arab region: similarities and Differences
 After reviewing the existi...
 Freedom Index of Arab
Countries
 0-30 Free
 31-60 Partly Free
 61-100 Not Free
 Freedom House report
2004
Kuwait
Qat...
year # of dailies
Circulation
(in Million)
Of world Total in %
1975 108 3.0 1.4
1985 125 6.4 1.48
1996 140 140 1.66
Country Radio
Receiver
TV
receiver
Country Radio
Receiver
TV
receiver
Yemen
Libya
Iraq
Syria
Bahrain
Qatar
Algeria
Jordan
...
 While the main thesis of the book is the Arab news
values the book gives a lot of details about the
History of Arab news...
 The Book introduced criticism for the" shortcomings" of
Rugh s theory and his Typology of Arab Press into four types:
 ...
 In Chapter 4, the book examines news values in
contemporary Arab media, focusing on four major criteria:
abundance of po...
 One of the book's greatest achievements is shedding light on
the news genre in the Arab news media and the
development o...
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  1. 1. The Making of Arab News Noha Mellor
  2. 2. Reviewed by Ehab Hamdi, Alexandria University. Mellor, Noha. The Making of Arab News. Roman& Littlefield Publishers, Inc.2005 ISBN 0-7425-3818-4(cloth: alk.paper)—ISBN 0-7425-3819- 2(pbk. Alk.paper)
  3. 3. . The aim of this book is to shed light on the current news value of the Arab news media .To emphasize the frame of these values, a comparative approach was adopted, relating Arab news values to American news values. The book argues that news values in the Arab media share some characteristics with the news values known from The American news media.
  4. 4.  Mellor begins her book with a chapter titled: The Arab region: similarities and Differences  After reviewing the existing statistics she tried to give the reader a background about the freedom of expression, Literacy rates, and Access to media in the Arab countries.
  5. 5.  Freedom Index of Arab Countries  0-30 Free  31-60 Partly Free  61-100 Not Free  Freedom House report 2004 Kuwait Qatar Morocco Jordan Algeria Lebanon Iraq Yemen Bahrain Oman UAE Egypt Tunisia Syria Saudi Arabia Sudan Palestinian Authority Libya 57 61 61 63 63 66 66 67 70 74 75 76 80 80 80 85 86 94 Partly free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free
  6. 6. year # of dailies Circulation (in Million) Of world Total in % 1975 108 3.0 1.4 1985 125 6.4 1.48 1996 140 140 1.66
  7. 7. Country Radio Receiver TV receiver Country Radio Receiver TV receiver Yemen Libya Iraq Syria Bahrain Qatar Algeria Jordan Oman 43 213 224 264 575 438 238 251 580 267 138 74 89 439 457 71 175 61 Sudan Tunisia Morocco UAE Kuwait Egypt Saudi Arabia Lebanon 270 200 226 271 473 312 291 891 86 156 145 263 373 126 269 268
  8. 8.  While the main thesis of the book is the Arab news values the book gives a lot of details about the History of Arab news, In the second chapter Mellor refers to the historical development of the Arab press.  Beginning from the poetry as one important means of communication in the Arab world prior to Islamic era until the establishment of the first Arabic newspaper in the region Al Tanbeeh during the short French rule of Egypt.
  9. 9.  The Book introduced criticism for the" shortcomings" of Rugh s theory and his Typology of Arab Press into four types:  Mobilized press in Syria, Libya, and the Sudan, where the national governments use the media as a political mobilization tool.  Loyalist press in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Palestine, Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE. Here, an amount of freedom is granted to the press and private ownership is allowed .  Diverse press in Kuwait, Morocco, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, characterized by less authoritarianism and a diversity of opinion.  Transitional press systems in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, of which transition to a different type of system.
  10. 10.  In Chapter 4, the book examines news values in contemporary Arab media, focusing on four major criteria: abundance of political news, the social responsibility of the news, prominence, and newness. A comparative approach was adopted to help locate the similarities and differences between American and Arab news values.  In sum, it can be argued that there is a form of "value convergence" where news values from western news media affect the traditional values of the Arab media. Moreover, the news media in both regions seem to adopt the same principle of objectivity.
  11. 11.  One of the book's greatest achievements is shedding light on the news genre in the Arab news media and the development of MSA. It traces the development of this genre in an attempt to identify a clear definition of news and its major characteristics both as a textual and a social system.  Anyone who is interested in contemporary Arab media will undoubtedly find this short book informative. Overall, it is highly sophisticated and will be of considerable interest to scholars.
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