Is there a Qatari-Al-Jazeera nexus? Coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup controversy by Al-Jazeera versus Sky News, CNNI and ITV

Tal Samuel-Azran, Inbal Assaf, Annie Salem, Loreen Wahabe, Nadine Halabi

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Abstract

The Al-Jazeera-Qatari nexus is debatable and hard to examine because Qatari affairs are rarely in the news. Recently, Qatar made global headlines in connection with an alleged bribe to win the 2022 World Cup bid, which creates a rare opportunity to examine Al-Jazeera's coverage of this as well as other Qatari affairs. We compared coverage by Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Jazeera English and Al-Jazeera America with coverage of international networks (Sky News, CNN International and ITV). The analysis reveals that while Al-Jazeera English and America maintained high journalistic norms when reporting on the 2022 World Cup controversy, Al-Jazeera Arabic almost never criticizes its Qatari sponsor. The study highlights the dramatic differences between Al-Jazeera's English and Arabic versions, looking at journalistic values in general and Qatari affairs coverage in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal Media and Communication
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Al Thani
  • Al-Jazeera
  • FIFA
  • Qatar
  • Sky News
  • World Cup

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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