Five College Consortium

Reporting Muslims and Arabs in the Anglo-American Media

Tue, Apr 18 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Seelye Hall Room 201

The Anglo-American media coverage of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is dominated by news of conflict. There is no doubt that the region has seen many conflicts throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, from anti-colonial uprisings, to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to the rise of militant religious groups like Al-Qaeda and the self-declared Islamic State (or ISIS), to recent Arab “revolts”. Nevertheless, the coverage of the MENA region in mainstream Anglo-American media has been impacted by currents of “Orientalism” that perpetrate negative stereotypes and connotations about Arabs and Muslims, which in turn reinforce Islamophopic sentiments in mainstream news discourse and various sectors of the Anglo-American society, and engender hate and fear against Arabs in general and Muslims specifically. This lecture will explore the coverage of Arabs and Muslims in the Anglophone media, by drawing on examples from the news coverage in Britain and the United States.

Dr. Zahera Harb is senior lecturer in International Journalism at City University of London. She has more than 11 years of experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organizations. She is also a board member of Ethical Journalism Network. Her recent publications include Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (IB Tauris 2017). She is review editor for the Journal of Media Practice.
Sponsored by the Smith College Religion Department, Government Department, Endowed Lecture Fund, Lewis Global Studies Center, and the Five College Lecture Fund.
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