Wednesday, April 1, 2020

SAUDI ARABIA ALLOWS A MOVIE TO BE SHOWN

March 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For only the second time in 30 years, a movie has been shown publicly in Saudi Arabia. Authorities in that country, which shut down theaters under Islamic law in 1982, allowed the 2009 IMAX movie Journey to Mecca to be screened at the Jeddah Hilton on Sunday, Daily Variety reported. “Some would say the impossible […]

VIEWERS FOR BBC’S ARABIC BROADCASTS INCREASE 80 PERCENT

December 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While state-controlled broadcasters have attempted to buttress the besieged Arab regimes caught up in uprisings across North Africa, the BBC’s Arabic-language broadcasts have increased their audiences 80 percent, according to a study by the International Audience Research Program (IARP) conducted in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. The biggest increase was seen in […]

ISLAM VS. TV

June 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The clash of cultures represented by conservative Islam on the one hand and modern telecommunications on the other appears to be escalating. On Tuesday, five female news readers on the satellite Arab news channel al-Jazeera walked out after the broadcaster’s deputy editor-in-chief reprimanded them over their dress. They had appeared on camera without a hijab, […]