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Journalism in Transitional Context: Societal Hostility, Self-Censorship and the Expansion of “One Voice Journalism”.

Elsheikh, D., Jackson, D. and Jebril, N., 2024. Journalism in Transitional Context: Societal Hostility, Self-Censorship and the Expansion of “One Voice Journalism”. Journalism Practice. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2024.2308526


The transformations in the media and political landscapes in Egypt over the last decade and their implications on media pluralism and freedom of expression are well documented. However, less is known about how Egyptian journalists themselves experience these changes; how their relationships with authorities and ordinary citizens are being redefined, and how journalists’ routines and practices are evolving. Through interviews with twenty Egyptian journalists working for different types of media outlets (government-owned, independent, privately owned, opposition and new start-ups), this article records and analyses journalists’ experiences with both authorities and citizens amid the current transitional period, assessing to what extent these relationships and experiences are impacting journalism practices in Egypt. Findings reveal that journalists perceive a hostile stance from both officials and ordinary citizens towards journalists due to a common belief that journalists played a role in the removal of previous regimes and therefore are seen as “destabilising agents”. This prevents journalists from accessing both information and news sources, forcing journalists to produce unified content and practice self-censorship and “service journalism” as opposed to original and investigative stories. These challenges are discussed in light of research on media and democratic transition.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Egypt; democratisation; transitional journalism; Egyptian journalists; journalistic autonomy
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:39477
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Feb 2024 09:35
Last Modified:08 Feb 2024 09:35


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