Arab news TV rivals draw up Egypt battle lines
DUBAI (AFP) - Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi's ouster has sparked a media war between the Arab world's big news rivals Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera along the policy lines of their Saudi and Qatari funders.
Their differences were first highlighted during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings when the television channels respectively gave the Saudi and Qatari perspectives in their coverage of fast-developing events, analysts say.
The Arab Spring "led to a polarisation in Arab media," says Saudi analyst Abdullah al-Shamry.
"Both channels became more concerned about delivering the opinions of their financiers than offering a professional and objective view," Mr Shamry said, adding that both channels were "losing their credibility" in the face of rivals such as France 24 and Sky News Arabia.