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More than a Parrot The Case of Saudi Women Journalists

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This article closely examines the status of female Saudi journalists and the development of their professional role that began in women's magazines, and now is more pronounced on satellite TV channels. The article discusses this development in light of the notion of empowerment, which is loosely defined as a process of change. Despite the abundant opportunities for female Saudi journalists, particularly those working as TV presenters, their presence, as I argue here, is still conjured and superficial rather than a reflection of genuine change in women's status inside the kingdom. Thus, it is difficult to measure female empowerment in the media field, unless we consider the particularity of the Saudi context by taking into account the different circumstances that Saudi women deal with inside and outside the Saudi Kingdom.
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Keywords: Saudi media; empowerment; female journalists; gender relations; patriarchal society; satellite channels

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Kingston University, United Kingdom.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The emergence of satellite TV, the internet and digital technology have dramatically changed the way audiences receive information and interact with the media. The sudden success of Al-Jazeera and other Arab broadcasters have altered the way the Arab world narrates itself and reports news from the region to the rest of the world. The journal aims to lead the debate about these emerging rapid changes in media and society in Arab and Muslim parts of the world.
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