Anonymous, 11 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: censorship

New Issue of the Arab Media and Society

The online journal Arab Media and Society has published its new issue (Issue 21, 2015) that focuses on pan-Arab TV channels, Egyptian media, and terrorism. Some articles include podcasts.

Report: Freedom on the Net 2014

Freedom House released its new report titled Freedom on the Net 2014: Tightening the Net: Governments Expand Online Controls edited by Sanja Kelly, Mai Truong, Madeline Earp, Laura Reed, Adrian Shahbaz, and Ashley Greco-Stoner. The 986 page study covers 65 countries, including Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and others.

New Book: Playing with Religion in Digital Games

The book explores the increasingly complex relationship between gaming and global religious practices. For example, how does religion help organize the communities in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft? What role has censorship played in localizing games like Actraiser in the western world? How do evangelical Christians react to violence, gore, and sexuality in some of the most popular games such as Mass Effect or Grand Theft Auto?

New Book: Media in Egypt and Tunisia: From Control to Transition?

The author of the book travelled to Cairo and Tunis to interview local journalists and learn about both their experiences under the previous regimes and how they were navigating the political transitions. Based on these conversations, the resulting study explains the shifting red lines under the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes, examining how these lines were enforced and how the regimes manipulated media to manufacture popular acquiescence or apathy. A map emerges of an institutional and cultural media landscape that presents challenges to establishing the genuine public service media both countries need in order to thrive as democracies.

Report: Supporting Internet Freedom: The Case of Iran

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Supporting Internet Freedom: The Case of Iran written by Sherry Ricchiardi, which "looks at the rapidly changing landscape for technology and the dichotomy for free expression in the country."

New Report: Freedom of the Press 2014: Press Freedom at the Lowest Level in a Decade

Freedom House released its new report titled Freedom of the Press 2014 which says that the freedom of the press has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade. In the MENA region the improvements took place in Algeria, Yemen, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Israel.

Media workshop "Media and Democracy“

Feb 7, 2014
Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität München
David Arn
democracy, Television, Middle Eastern studies, media studies, satellite TV, communication studies, Arab Spring, politics, censorship
Feb 6, 2014

New Report: Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia

The Iran Media Program, a project of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, released its report titled Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia written by Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri.

New Book: Cairo: Images of Transition: Perspectives on Visuality in Egypt 2011-2013

The book offers a broad range of artistic and academic works that examine the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the wake of the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. With an emphasis on the political processes of 2011-2012, it traces the shifting status of the image as a communicative tool, a witness to history, and an active agent for change.
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