Al Jazeera and the Syrian Revolution

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The Research Questions: The study theoretical interest is to explore the use of frames in Aljazeera Satellite Channel concerning the conflict in Syria. Many critics have been addressing the channel’s attitude toward this matter. Aljazeera is accused of bias, sectarianism and supporting political Islam and fundamental groups. This research aim to examine these claims in general, Main Question: Does Aljazeera adopt a sectarian discourse to label Alawite sect and promote the Sunni political Islam in framing civil war in Syria? RQ1: How does Aljazeera present the Alawite sect? RQ2: How does Aljazeera present the Sunni sect? RQ3: How does Aljazeera present Fundamental groups such as Nusra and Ahrar Al sham? RQ4: How does Aljazeera present political Islam? The Sample: A theoretical sample was drawn from the research questions. This sampling method allows the researcher to choose the material that helps to develop the hypothesis while researching. “The analyst jointly collects, codes, and analyses his data and decides what data to collect next and where to find them, in order to develop his theory as it emerges.” (Glaser, 1967, p. 45) “A method of data collection based on concepts/themes derived from data. The purpose of Theoretical sampling is to collect data from places, people and events that will maximise Opportunities to develop concepts in terms of their properties and dimensions, uncover variations, and identify relationships between concepts”. (Strauss, 2008, p. 143) Sample flaws and overcoming them: There are some unavoidable disadvantages in the sample of any research. At first place, this study aimed basically to study framing sectarianism through reporting atrocities on Aljazeera. To do th... ... middle of paper ... ...alaysia:A Comparative Analysis of Newspaper Coverage on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). International Journal of Communication, 6(1932–8036/20120166), p. 166–189 . Schwallbe, C. B., 2013. Visually Framing the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq in TIME, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. International Journal of Communication, Volume 7 , p. 239–262. Schweitzer, M. D. L. &. G. D. E., 2005. Conflict Frames and the Use of Deception: Are Competitive Negotiators Less Ethical?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35(10), pp. 2123-2149. Semetko, H. A. &. V., 2000. Framing European politics: A content analysis of press and television news. Journal of Communication, 50(2), p. 93–109. Strauss, C. &., 2008. Basics of Qualitive Research. 3 ed. London: Sage. W. Russell Neuman, M. R. J. a. A. N. C., 1992. Common Knowledge. Chicago: Univewrsity of Chicago press.

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