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Reporting on the Syrian conflict from exile Examining advocacy strategies in diaspora journalists' online news

Arafat, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6778-0107 (2024). Reporting on the Syrian conflict from exile Examining advocacy strategies in diaspora journalists' online news. In: Galal, E., Shehata, M. & Pedersen, V. P. (Eds.), Middle Eastern Diasporas and Political Communication. (pp. 161-181). Abingdon, USA: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003365419-10


Using qualitative textual analysis, this chapter investigates how Syrian diaspora journalists mediate the ongoing conflict in their homeland by creating news websites to advocate for human rights, challenge censorship, and promote counter-narratives to the state-owned media. In so doing, the chapter examines how diaspora journalists operationalize their advocacy goals into content-related practices or selective editorial decisions that shape their choice of information sources, adjectives, advocate frames, and persuasive arguments in news production. Findings demonstrated nine content-related advocacy strategies in the Syrian diaspora news outlets. By employing them, diasporic news reporting promotes active mission-driven involvement in debates about the Syrian conflict encouraging the engagement of underrepresented groups and alienated voices in the public discourse. Critical perspectives on the potential of diaspora advocacy journalism to empower or endanger democracy are further discussed.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Middle Eastern Diasporas and Political Communication on 14 Aug 2023, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity
School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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