The Events Of The Arab Spring Essay

2182 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
The series of revolts, protests, violent clashes and revolutions that occurred in the North Africa & Middle East (MENA) region between 2010 and 2012, which was later tagged the ‘Arab Spring’, received abundant media coverage within its region and on a global scale. On a regional level; according to Noura Alalawi, a 24-hour, round-the-clock coverage of the civil unrest and protests was made available by Al Jazeera, a Qatari state-funded broadcaster (Alalawi, 2015). By the same token, according to the Pew Research Center, “this wave of unrest dominated news coverage and propelled international stories to the forefront of the U.S. news agenda” (Anderson, 2012). Coupled with the prominence of social media as a means of mobilization by the protesters, and utilized by people from other countries outside the MENA region to show sympathy and express solidarity, it is pertinent to examine how the media framed the events of the Arab Spring.

Therefore, in this essay I will examine and analyze four (4) different media sources’ coverage on the Arab Spring, namely: Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, CNN and BBC. I will examine 6 news articles released between 2010 and 2012 which covered various events of the Arab Spring, and will subsequently perform a framing analysis in order to deconstruct how these media sources reported and portrayed said events. The purpose of this research paper; therefore, is to examine how the Western news sources (using CNN & BBC as samples) portrayed the events during…

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