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Palgrave Macmillan

Media in Egypt and Tunisia

From Control to Transition?

ISBN 9781137409959
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

A year after popular uprisings overthrew dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, a former diplomat and press officer 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.

Edward Webb teaches Middle East politics at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, USA. A former British Diplomatic Service officer, he led the Press and Information Section of the British Embassy in Cairo in the 1990s before leaving the service to earn his PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

1. Egyptian and Tunisian Media Systems in Global Context
2. Egypt
3. Tunisia
4. After the Uprisings
5. A Few Recommendations

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