In late 2010, Tunisians began protesting against the government of then president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; on 14 January 2011, their protests forced the dictatorial leader to resign. Further democratic uprisings, which came to be known as the Arab Spring, soon spread across the region, leading to the ousting of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. Throughout it all, experts have argued, Arab satellite TV – and especially Al-Jazeera – helped to sustain revolutions by broadcasting these events live throughout the Arab World.
By drawing on a wealth of interviews with relevant journalists, policy-makers, and political activists; Al-Jazeera and the Arab Revolution traces the emergence, and impact, of this influential network.
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