The Research Section of ‘al Sawt al Hurr, the Arab Network for Media Support’ produces the Media Monitor on a bi-monthly basis. These reports document and describe developments in the Egyptian media, such as the emergence or disappearance of media outlets (including satellite channels, newspapers and news websites), as well as developments pertaining to the enabling environment for Egyptian media, such as legal, economic, political and social developments that affect the dynamism, quality and diversity of the media landscape. With these reports, ‘al Sawt al Hurr’ aims to provide media workers, researchers, academics and anyone interested in the field of media in Egypt with a systematic description and analysis of the rapid developments that take place in this sector.
The first part of the Media Monitor monitors recent developments in the Egyptian media sector, presented to readers with an interest in and some knowledge of the Egyptian media landscape.
The second part focuses on a single specific issue or subject relevant to media and development. In the present issue, al Sawt al Hurr presents its analysis of the “Development in Photo Journalism in Egypt”. The study aims to document the impressive progress that was realized during recent years and sheds light on the factors contributing to its success, including the importance of photography as seen by to the news organizations; news value, targeted subjects; sources of photos used and the decision making process that leads to publication. The cooperation between news media organizations and photographers is also reviewed, with a focus on agreements, editorial guidelines on safety and protection. The views of freelance and staff photographers on their profession are also presented.
The study sample included the most important state and privately owned media (‘al Ahram’, ‘al Akhbar’, ‘al Masry al Youm’, ‘ Youm7’ and ‘al Watan’ and independent news websites ‘Masrawy’ and ‘Dot Masr’.The heads of photo departments of these organizations were interviewed, the photographers working for them and some freelance photographers. .
“ al Sawt al Hurr, the Arab Network for Media Support” would like to thank the news organizations and their staff and the freelance photographers for their time and willingness to participate and to share their experience and expertise with the research team.
The full report is available on our website, www.asahnetwork.org in both English and Arabic versions.
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