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Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? The Arab Media Coverage of “Terrorism” or “So-Called Terrorism”

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The “global war on terror” that has been launched by the US administration in the aftermath of the September 11 events has sparked a major debate over the definition of terror, its social and political probes, and how far news coverage can meet journalistic standards of balance, truth, and objectivity, especially in cases of extreme political conflict. At the heart of this debate is the role played by the Arab media in covering “terrorism” or “so-called terrorism” inside and outside the Middle East. This essay will analyze the Arab media coverage of Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the war in Iraq. Introduction:

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