Comparing Media Systems in the ‘West’ and beyond


  • Sarah El Richani University of Erfurt


Hallin and Mancini's book Comparing Media Systems has been hailed as a seminal work sparking several attempts at applying both the models and theoretical framework to media systems around the world. The following essay discusses important considerations on taking this framework beyond the confines of the Western world.

Author Biography

Sarah El Richani, University of Erfurt

Sarah El Richani is a doctoral student researching the Lebanese media system from a comparative perspective under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez, Universität Erfurt, Germany and second supervisor Prof. Jean Seaton, University of Westminster and courtesy of the German DAAD scholarship. Sarah obtained her MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster courtesy of the Quintin Hogg Scholarship and her BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She has worked for two years as MENA Programme Officer for the London-based ARTICLE 19, and continues to carry out consultancies for NGOs working on media issues in London and Berlin. Sarah is on Twitter (@srichani) where she writes on Middle-Eastern politics, media and most else.


How to Cite

El Richani, S. (2012). Comparing Media Systems in the ‘West’ and beyond. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 2(2). Retrieved from