Omnia Elzahar


Yemen’s Thawrat al-Taghir or ‘Change Revolution’ much like the Tunisian and Egyptian protests, distinguished by its peaceful nonviolent nature and its creation of its own temporary members containing ‘tent cities’ and ‘people protector’ volunteers that started to surround the revolution’s public spaces (Davidson, 2016). In 2015 and specifically on March 26, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members-excluding Oman- have been initiating a severe military campaign in Yemen. The declared goal of the intervention is to abolish the advance of Houthi rebels, a tool of the Iranian regime as claimed by the coalition (Davis and Sprusansky, 2015). This study was conducted to test the frames used by different news channels in the coverage of the Yemen war during the two main operations that took place during the Saudi-led intervention, which was from the 26th of March 2015 until the 13th of May 2015. The researcher conducted a frame analysis of five frames defined by Semetko and Valkenburg (2000): the conflict frame, the human-interest frame, the attribution of responsibility frame, the morality frame, and the economic consequences frame. The study included four news channels with different affiliations: Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, Qatar’s Al Jazeera, Russian-funded RT Arabic and British-funded BBC Arabic. Content analysis was chosen as the main methodology for this paper. The selection of the news pieces is performed through online platforms. YouTube was used to retrieve all the news pieces posted during the time frame of the study. The researcher will analyze any news piece that has the following keywords: Yemen, Yemen war, Houthi rebels/ militants, decisive storm, restoring hope, coalition forces and Yemen civil war. These keywords ensure that the main focus of the piece would be the war in Yemen.


Journalism & Mass Communication Department

Degree Name

MA in Journalism & Mass Communication

Graduation Date


Submission Date

July 2018

First Advisor

Hamdy, Naila

Committee Member 1

Allam, Rasha

Committee Member 2

Al-Kadi, Tara


146 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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