1. Arab Spring: The Revolution and Its Impact 4
2. Arab Spring and the American Media 8
3. Arab Spring and the British Media 19
4. Arab Spring and the Arab Media 27
5. Arab Spring and the Role of Social Media 49
➢ About The Topic
The Arab Spring (literally the Arabic Rebellions or the Arab Revolutions) is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that has been taking place in the Arab world since 18 December 2010. Prior to this period, Sudan was the only Arab country to have successfully overthrown dictatorial regimes, in 1964 and again in 1985. To date, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya; civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen; major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, as well as on the borders of Israel; and minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Western Sahara. In this project we have focused on the recent uprisings in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Morocco.
➢ Our Objective For Taking Up The Issue
The revolutions in the Middle East countries aim at attaining freedom and building up a democracy. It is of great interest to nations worldwide to observe how and when they attain freedom and whether they are able to successfully run the country. Media has played a very significant role in the projection of these issues and in shaping public opinion. Media of all countries are covering it, forming different perspectives. Our main objective is to study all the different sides of the story media has been managed to portray.
➢ Our Area Of Research
The Arab Spring includes the revolutions of a number of countries. In this project we have focused on the media coverage of the uprisings in four Arab countries: Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Morocco.
➢ Our Approach
In this project we have looked at the media of three different regions-US, Britain and Arab. The project includes the analysis of editorials to explain the stand of newspapers of every region. We have made an attempt to understand the perspective of leading columnists and journalists through their articles on various issues. We looked at the prominent role played by social media.
➢ Chapters In The Project
• The first chapter “Arab Spring: Revolutions in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Morocco” presents all that you need to know about the revolutions in these four countries.
• The second, third and fourth chapters look at the coverage of the Arab Spring by the American, British and Arab media.
• The fifth chapter throws light on the role of social media in mobilizing people of the Arab world.
• The last chapter is a conclusion of the project which presents our views.
Arab Spring: The Revolutions and Its Impact
The ‘Arab Spring’ refers to the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that begun in the Arab world since December 2011. ‘Arab Spring’ may also be referred to as the "Arab Awakening" or "Arab Uprisings”.
So far demonstrations in two countries have yielded successful results: Tunisia and Egypt. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Alifled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January following the Tunisian revolution protests, and in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 11 February 2011, after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency.
The most recent waves of demonstrations that swept the Arab world have been in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. These are the countries where...