An Al-Jazeera Effect in the USA? A Review of the Evidence


  • Tal Samuel-Azran Sammy Ofer School of Communications


Al-Jazeera, Qatar, counter-public, intercultural communication, United States, Twitter


Some scholars argue that following 9/11, Al-Jazeera has promoted an Arab perspective of events in the US by exporting its news materials to the US news market. The study examines the validity of this argument through a review of the literature on the issue during three successive periods of US-Al-Jazeera interactions: (a) Al-Jazeera Arabic’s representation in US mainstream media following 9/11, specifically during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; (b) Al-Jazeera English television channel’s attempts to enter the US market since 2006; and (c) the reception of Al-Jazeera America in the US, where the paper also adds an original analysis of Al-Jazeera America’s Twitter followers’ profiles. Together, these analyses provide strong counterevidence to the argument that Al-Jazeera was able to promote an Arab perspective of events in the US.

Author Biography

Tal Samuel-Azran, Sammy Ofer School of Communications

Tal Samuel-Azran (PhD, University of Melbourne; MA, New York University) is the Head of the international program at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications. His main fields of research are political communication, new media and media globalization. His book Intercultural Communication as a Clash of Civilizations was published in 2016 by Peter Lang Press. His articles were published in leading journals such as New Media and Society, American Behavioral Scientist and Computers in Human Behavior.




How to Cite

Samuel-Azran, T. (2017). An Al-Jazeera Effect in the USA? A Review of the Evidence. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 7(2). Retrieved from



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