The CNN of the Arab world or a shill for terrorists?: how support for press freedom and political ideology predict credibility of Al-Jazeera among its audience

Johnson, T.J. & Fahmy S. (2008). The CNN of the Arab world or a shill for terrorists?. International Communication Gazette, 70(5), 338-360.

The authors of this article have been researching the credibility of Al-Jazeera by interviewing their audience. The article confirms the credibility of Al-Jazeera towards Western media sources. A survey was used to examine the credibility of Al-Jazeera for its viewers and was posted on the Al-Jazeera website. It has to be noticed that these viewers are those who seek more information from the Al-Jazeera website. Results show that respondents reported to be attentive to Al-Jazeera and are heavily relied on the medium. Moreover can be concluded that viewers agreed with the statement that press-freedom will be increased by Al-Jazeera. As other research shown before, respondents rated the credibility of Al-Jazeera higher than Western media sources and local Arab media.