Al-Mayadeen: The Construction of an Enemy Image


  • Christine Crone University of Copenhagen



al-Mayadeen, Arab media, Arab uprisings, enemy image, Othering, threat narrative


This article investigates how threat narratives and enemy images were constructed at the pan-Arab news TV station, al-Mayadeen, during the station’s first year on air. I argue that the construction of an enemy image takes places as a fine interplay between threat narratives of existing political and ideological positions on the one hand, and current affairs on the other. Al-Mayadeen started broadcasting in 2012, counteracting both the new influential narratives of young activists calling for democracy, and the Sunni Islamist trend that followed; both groups became central elements in a process of ‘Othering’ at al-Mayadeen, dividing the Arab world into ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Al-Mayadeen relaunched the question of Palestine, while the well-known threat narrative of Israel was equally promoted although adjusted to ongoing political and military developments in the region. Integrating the rising new actor, the Islamic State, a renewed enemy image was constructed where Israel and the Islamic State came to constitute two faces of the same enemy.

Author Biography

Christine Crone, University of Copenhagen

Christine Crone is a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her fields of interest include Arab media, production of ideology, and contemporary Syria. Currently, she is part of the research project “Archiving the Future: Re-Collections of Syria in War and Peace”.




How to Cite

Crone, C. (2020). Al-Mayadeen: The Construction of an Enemy Image. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 10(1).