Department of Culture –
The publication of the book "Media and democratic transition in the Arab world" was published by the Tunisian Arab Media Network and the Arab network for media and communication sciences. The book analyzes the role of the media in the democratic transition in various Arab countries, in particular social and political developments since 2011, contains 16 research papers, with the participation of academics from 10 Arab countries and published by the Sotomedia publishing house in Tunis and by the Arab network for media and communication sciences.
In the introduction to the book: "Returning to the overlapping of diagnostic approaches to the reality of the Arab media after 2011, especially those who considered the Arab Spring a conspiracy, we say that the Arab's inability to manage the dossier of liberties, including freedom of information after 2011, is the reason for this dysfunction experienced by the Arab world.The high level of freedom is the cause of chaos, but the management of freedom and its preparation and discharge in business programs public elites are the reason why every time the media freedom used for party, tribal or sectarian affairs has fallen into propaganda and personal and diverted from the public interest, and the first victims are those that cause this The Arabs must realize that the only thing that everyone can benefit from after the Arab spring is freedom of expression and freedom of the media, and everything what remains negotiable.
Calling the conspiratorial discourse in describing the post-2011 Arab situation does not provide a scientific diagnosis of the phenomena that accompanied it, but rather a concession of its interpretation of external factors and a search for self-sufficiency from the deficit. The lack of stability in countries of democratic transition historically and in reference to the comparative studies of the characteristics of the phases of democratic transition. It is a state of tides between the remains of old tyranny and the desire of its citizens to join a new system of values of freedom, justice and pluralism, the media can not be isolated from them. The Arab spring has nothing to offer the Arabs except to the extent that the Arab spring offers social, economic and cultural libertarian programs to overcome poverty and eradicate tyranny and underdevelopment.
Contributors to this book and outside the conspiracy discourse and its approach to the responsibility of the past to explain reality and predict the future in the intellectual process recognizes that the 2011 revolution in Tunisia has produced a new context functional of the media institution in breaking the phenomenon of what preceded it.
This author is invited to contribute to an analytical and evaluative approach to new Arab media and to the communicative momentum in his interaction with public affairs, which is the lowest in the history of the Arab region. The Arab Spring countries have witnessed the elections since 2011 and the emergence of public and private media organizations, The political field is a state of differentiation like Pierre Bourdieu and an important indicator of the beginning of the end of Arab exclusion from the hypothesis of entry into the democracies and the liberties of the Arabs. To achieve this, the book examines the most important manifestations of the relationship between the media and the mobility of the Arab Spring, in particular the historical context of the revolutionary accumulation before and after January 2011, discussing the question of Arab media beginning of the post-independence state to the revolutions and revolts of every Arab state.
Contributors also dedicated their analysis to the nature analysis of the thorny relationship between media and democratic transition in most Arab countries.