Arab Opinion Leaders’ Attitudes and Perceptions towards the Coverage of Da’esh News by Arab and non-Arab TV News Services
MOHAMED AL-QUDAH1, ABDULKRIM ZIANI2 & MENAWER ALRAJEHI3
1,3Kuwait University, Kuwait
2University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain
Media Watch 9 (3) 437-446, 2018
This study aims to Arab opinion leaders’ attitudes and perceptions towards the coverage of Da’esh actions by Arab and non-Arab TV news services, thus, by investigating the perception of Da’esh actions provided by Arab and non-Arab TV services. Data were collected from 1,330 participants across 19 Arab countries, with a probability sample due to the difficulties to gather comprehensive information from the sample that targets Arab opinion leaders. The findings of the study show that Arab and Western news channels present 2.7 per cent of their news bulletins about Da’esh. The variable “very big” in the first place by 60.1 per cent, and the “big” variable occupied second place by 15.5 per cent, while the interest rate for the weak variable came in last place with 10 per cent. The majority of respondents trust the news of Arab and Western news channels about Da’esh. In the “yes” answer, 87.9 per cent pointed to Arab channels, and 84.4 per cent for Western channels.