Transformations in Egyptian Journalism
Fig. 1. Transformations in Egyptian Journalism. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2013.

I.B.Tauris publishes a new book titled "Transformations in Egyptian Journalism" written by Naomi Sakr from the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster.

Publication Data

Sakr, Naomi. Transformations in Egyptian Journalism. I.B.Tauris, 2013. ISBN: 9781780765891.


Suddenly the output of bloggers, online radio and social media news operations, which had all formed part of the groundswell of action against dictatorship and repression, posed an explicit challenge to journalists in state-run and commercial media companies who were more directly subject to government controls. As different interest groups struggle over the country's future, Naomi Sakr considers emerging visions of journalism in Egypt. In this book she charts recent transformations in Egyptian journalism, exploring diverse approaches to converged media and the place of participatory cross-media networks in expanding and developing the country's body of professional journalists. She analyses journalists' initiatives for restructuring publicly-owned media and securing a safe and open environment in which to work.

Table of Contents

I. A National Rethink of News Values 
Intensified repression of the media under SCAF 
A re-energised news sector 
II. Lessons from the Push for Professional Autonomy 
Diverse approaches to the profession 
Individuals vs institutions 
Attitudes to social media as tools of news-gathering
III. Stimuli for a Public Service Ethos 
Journalists’ initiatives outside the state-run media 
Public ownership scenarios for state-run publications 
Support for an independent ERTU 
Implications for journalism in the private commercial sector
IV. Nuts and Bolts of a New Deal 
Unionisation in a legal limbo 
Voluntary codes at company level
Scope for cross-border support 
Labour and NGO laws’ impact on free speech
V. Conclusions

About the Author

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, and Director of the CAMRI Arab Media Centre. Her books, all published by I.B.Tauris, include Arab Television Today and Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East and (as editor) Women and Media in the Middle East and Arab Media and Political Renewal.

To order the book online visit the I.B.Tauris website.