Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721


Catch & Release: Evaluating the Free Kareem Campaign

Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer during one of his court appearances

Courtney C. Radsch argues on the basis of the Kareem Amer case that although cyberactivists and rights organizations are capable of sustained campaigns in defense of freedom of expression, some governments at least are almost impervious to the pressure, even at the cost of significant damage to their international image.

New Media and Social Change in Rural EgyptIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

One of the thousands of mobile phone outlets that dot the Egyptian townscape (picture by D Lisbona)

Dr Sahar Khamis goes back to Kafr Masoud in the Nile Delta after ten years and notes the effects of exposure to satellite television channels, the Internet and mobile phones, with particular attention to how they have changed the lives and perceptions of rural women.

Tales of 9/11 - What conspiracy theories in Egypt and the United States tell us about ‘media effects’Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

The infamous 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York

Stephen Marmura tries to explain the persistence of mistaken beliefs about 9/11 and about the rationale for invading Iraq among the US and Egyptian publics, concluding that memories and long-term discourses sometimes outweigh short-term media effects.

Cosmopolitan Islamism and its CriticsIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

The 4Shbab logo

Maurice Chammah analyzes the thinking behind the Islam-oriented music television channel 4Shbab, noting contradictions in its vision of the interaction between Islam and the West. He looks at the audience which 4Shbab assumes already exists and the audience which it hopes to create, and discusses Western media reactions to the project.

Islamic Televangelism: Religion, Media and Visuality in Contemporary EgyptIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Televangelist Amr Khaled broadcasts from the hajj

Yasmin Moll writes on visual aspects of the phenomenon of Islamic televangelism, arguing that: “a consideration of contemporary media practices in Islam invites us to expand our definition of what the visual might be and what acts of seeing might entail.”

Cyber infidelity in Egypt’s virtual world

Arabic chat rooms on offer in an Internet cafe

Ingrid Wassman reports on the effects the Internet, satellite television, and other cyber technologies are having on marriage, relationships, and gender interaction in Egypt’s traditionally conservative society

A new direction or more of the same?

Breaking news on Wael Abbas' YouTube channel

Blogging has intensified political trends first triggered by the birth of satellite television and an independent print press but does not mark a new departure for Egyptian politics, argues Tom Isherwood.

Salafi satellite TV in Egypt

Salafi Sheikh Mohamed Hassan preaching on al-Rahma

Is the Egyptian government using new Salafi stations to counter the more politically active Muslim Brotherhood? Nathan Field and Ahmed Hamam on the growing popularity of ultra-conservative religious programming.

Framing April 6: Discursive dominance in the Egyptian print media

Clashes in Mahalla.  Photo courtesy of Flickr user 3arabawy under a Creative Commons license

The strikes in Egypt held on 6 April 2008 had mixed results – but you wouldn’t know that from reading the country’s main papers. Aaron Reese analyzes how the Egyptian press framed coverage for and against the protesters.

Islamic music video channel 4Shbab launches

Funded by Saudi investors, the Islamic music video network 4Shbab is the latest project of Ahmed Abu Haiba, former producer for the Amr Khaled series Kalam min al-Qalb. Video segment prepared by Ismail Elmokadem along with three video clips currently on air.

Egypt's audiovisual translation scene

Bridging the linguistic divide

Muhammad Gamal argues for more academic and professional attention to the audiovisual translation industry, which is proliferating everywhere from mobile phone screens to stadium megatrons.

Lessons worth learning: The Indonesian model

Flickr user ericsetiawan, published under a Creative Commons License

Over the last two decades an explosion of new private outlets has dramatically changed Indonesia’s media landscape, writes Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak. What lessons does this hold for the Arab press?

Politics and priorities: Inside the Egyptian press

Al-Ahram gets to market

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper gets behind the headlines at three Egyptian dailies, looking at the politics and ideologies that drive coverage choices.

Arab youth, television and “affluenza”

Does high television viewing correlate with more materialistic values in the Arab World? Recent survey data suggest not, says Mark Harmon.

Core to Commonplace: The evolution of Egypt's blogosphere

photo by Kim Badawi,

A vanguard of techies and activists used blogs to change the face of politics and journalism in Egypt. But once a small town, Egypt’s blogosphere now resembles a sprawling metropolis with a less clearly defined center, argues Courtney C. Radsch.

Revolutions Without Revolutionaries? Network Theory, Facebook, and the Egyptian Blogosphere

Facebook made a splash when it attracted 70,000 members to a group supporting an Egyptian general strike. But were these committed activists or fly by night fans? David Faris on the politics of social networking sites.

Full Text: Draft Egyptian Broadcast Law

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Unofficial translation of an alleged draft Egyptian media law published by Almasry Alyoum. It appeared on 9 July 2008 under the headline: “’Full text of AL-Fiki’s’ Bill, which the Government is preparing to present to the People’s Assembly in the new parliamentary session.”

The Princess and the Facebook Girl

The utopian vision of media freedom articulated by Jordan’s Princess Rym clashes with the harsh realities facing journalists around the Arab world, writes Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak.

Censorship and social realism at the Cairo Book Fair

Is the Egyptian literary scene enjoying a social realist renaissance? Ingrid Wassmann explores new trends in Cairo’s publishing industry.

Egypt's Press: More free, still fettered

Newspaper piles in Cairo.  photo by Will Ward

Temporary crackdown or reverting to the repressive norm? Jeffrey Black examines the politics and legal basis of recent actions against Egyptian journalists.