Gatekeeping and citizen journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings in Iran, Egypt, and Libya

Sadaf R. Ali, Shahira Fahmy

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This critical study focuses on three major conflicts involving protests in the Middle East and North Africa. From a theoretical perspective, this research expands the study of gatekeeping by examining the characteristics of gatekeeping practices by citizen journalists. Overall findings suggest traditional 'gatekeepers' continue to maintain the status quo regarding news about conflict zones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-69
Number of pages15
JournalMedia, War and Conflict
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013



  • Citizen journalism
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • gatekeeping
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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