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Monday, January 31, 2005

Arab media focus on voting, not violence

Nothing to add to this very good paper from Hassan M. Fattah and The New York Times : "After nearly two years of providing up-to-the-minute images of explosions and mayhem, and despite months of predictions of a blood bath on election day, some news directors said they found the decision surprisingly easy to make. The violence simply was not the story on Sunday morning; the voting was. Overwhelmingly, Arab channels and newspapers greeted the elections as a critical event with major implications for the region, and many put significant resources into reporting on the voting, providing blanket coverage throughout the country that started about a week ago. Newspapers kept wide swaths of their pages open, and the satellite channels dedicated most of the day to coverage of the polls."

Source: The New York Times

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on January 31, 2005 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

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