Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya instrumental in Arab revolts says Jordan survey

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 06-12-2011

Satellite TV has played a significant role in driving the uprisings in the Arab world according to two thirds of Jordanians.

Of almost 2,000 people surveyed for a poll conducted by the Centre for Strategic Studies, 53% believed Al Jazeera played a role in inciting the Arab Spring protests, while 26% thought MBC's Al Arabiya news channel did too.
The results of the survey, 'How the public evaluates media coverage of the Arab revolutions' were revealed at Jordan's Media Freedom Defenders in the Arab World Forum, which runs from 5-7 December.
The news coverage of the Arab Spring protests and revolutions were followed by 85% of the 1,933 respondents in the survey.
The poll showed 39% consider Al Jazeera the most credible news source, followed by Jordan Television at 13% and Al Arabiya, which registered 12%.
Television topped the table in terms of most popular news media, with 98% of respondents saying they watched bulletins on TV, 33% read newspapers, 29% read online news reports, and 23% listen to the news on the radio.
Furthermore, 49% of those surveyed said they depend on their friends as a source of news.
The forum is organised by the Amman-based Centre for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) and is sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy.