Show the truth and let the audience decide: A web-based survey showing support among viewers of Al-Jazeera for use of graphic imagery

Shahira S Fahmy, Thomas J. Johnson

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This survey examines how viewers of Al-Jazeera perceive the network's presentation of graphic and war-related visuals and whether the viewers perceive that the TV channel provides visual information they cannot find in national Arab media, CNN, and other Western media. Nearly 9 in 10 respondents supported the use of graphic imagery, saying watching those visuals was a good decision for them and that the network provides a unique source of visual information. Further, attitudes toward press freedom and media reliance correlated with support for graphic visuals after controlling for demographic variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-264
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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