Breaking the news: a case study on nineteenth century journalism and Selim Faris


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, vol.57, no.4, pp.657-667, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00263206.2021.1874362
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Jewish Studies Source, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.657-667
  • Keywords: Selim Faris, Al-Jawaib, Beirut Waterwork Concession, Ahmad Faris, H&#252, rriyet, PRESS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The nineteenth-century news market offered benefits beyond sales incomes to opportunists functioning in local and global news markets. The owners of newspapers could come to terms with governments to publish in their favour. They could exploit political tensions among the Great Powers to manipulate governments into making agreements with them. They also utilized their influence upon groups of people to extract money from governments. The manipulation of news for personal gain is here investigated through the case of Selim Faris, journalist, son of author Ahmad Faris, manager of Al-Jawaib (1870-1884), owner of Hurriyet (1894-1897) and Khilafat-Hilafet, and author of The Decline of English Prestige in the East.