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Arab women control the TV war

While Israel and Hezbollah are waging war, female journalists have taken over as the foremost to front the media war on Arab television stations.


- The female journalists here have often proved to be tougher than their male colleagues, says Shadi Tabbara to Ny Tid. He is the editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Al Nabad in Beirut.

On Sunday, Israel bombed Qana in southern Lebanon, killing at least 11 adults and 19 children. Qana was also the city where the first media workers lost their lives in the ongoing war, and symptomatically, a woman was sacrificed: Lebanese press photographer Layal Nagib (23) covered the war actions of Al Jarass magazine when her taxi 23. July was hit by an Israeli bomb.

Nagib, however, is just one of many Arab female journalists now influencing the Arab world with their coverage from the war front. And then especially on the TV screen in the thousands of homes: The Dubai-based TV Al-Arabiya has sent Rima Maktabi and Najwa Qassam to cover the bombing in southern Beirut. While Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, the leading Arab TV channel, broadcast Katia Nasser from the peaceful office in Doha. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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