'When blood becomes cheaper than a bottle of water': How viewers of Al-Jazeera's English-language website judge graphic images of conflict

Thomas J. Johnson, Shahira S Fahmy

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This study examined the degree to which visitors to Al-Jazeera's English-language website support broadcasters presenting graphic and war-related imagery in comparison to users of Al-Jazeera's Arabic-language website. The authors found that users of the Al-Jazeera English-language website overwhelmingly supported the network's decision to run graphic images and claimed the network contained valuable information missing from Western competitors, such as CNN, and national Arab media. Those who relied on the English-language website and who were strong supporters of press freedom were more likely to support Al-Jazeera's decision to run graphic images, but these correlations disappeared after controlling for demographic variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-66
Number of pages24
JournalMedia, War and Conflict
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010



  • Al-Jazeera
  • Al-Jazeera English website
  • Graphic imagery
  • Media reliance
  • National Arab media
  • Press freedom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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