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Dr Zahera Harb

Senior Lecturer MAIJ

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Contact Information


Visit Zahera

AG33, College Building


Postal Address

City University London
Northampton Square



Dr Zahera Harb is a Lebanese journalist and academic. Her recent publications include a monograph titled Channels of Resistance: Liberation propaganda Hezbollah and the Media (I.B. Tauris, 2011). She is a review editor for the Journal of Media Practice.

Dr Harb has 11 years' experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organisations. She started as a news reporter and distinguished herself in particular in the coverage of war operations in the battlefield of South Lebanon. She was then co-producer and presenter of a popular socio-political programme (Khamseh Ala Sabaah, 5/7) before becoming one of the main news anchors at Tele Liban (the public service TV in Lebanon). At New TV she was appointed to a news anchor-editor post and hosted the main daily political show (Al Hadath). At Future TV (Pan Arab satellite channel) she produced and presented her own socio-political programme (Ala Madar Assaa) while assigned as satellite news editor. She also produced several political and social documentaries for Lebanese TV stations and completed reporting assignments for BBC Arabic service (radio), CNN world report and Dutch TV. She hosted live coverage of distinguished political events inside and outside Lebanon.

Dr Harb was trained in Holland and the UK and has a BA in Journalism, a Diploma in Broadcasting News and an MA and PhD in Journalism Studies and Political Communications.

She has been on the consultancy board of the Thomson Foundation UK for four years conducting media training in the UK and other parts of the world including Egypt, Malta, Spain, Armenia, Ukraine, Brussels, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.


Dr Harb has taken part in three main research projects since 2002: the perception of news after September 11, the embedded reporting of the 2003 Iraq war, and immigration and inclusion in south east Wales in 2008. Her research interests also include mediating conflicts, journalism ethics and citizen journalism.


Journal Article (10)

  1. Harb, Z. (2012). Review of Noha Mellor et al. book, Arab Media. Journalism Practice, 6(3), 426-427. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2011.650886
  2. Harb, Z. (2012). Review of John Mair and Richard Keeble book Mirage in the Dessert? Reporting the ‘Arab Spring’. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 9(1), 60-61.
  3. Harb, Z. (2011). Arab Revolutions and the Social Media Effect. Media and Culture Journal, 14(2).
  4. Harb, Z. (2009). Aiming at liberation: Al-Manar media campaigns against the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (1998-2000). Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2(1), 51-75.
  5. Harb, Z. (2009). The July 2006 War and the Lebanese blogsphere: towards an alternative media tool in covering wars. Journal of Media Practice, 10(2-3), 255-258.
  6. Harb, Z. (2008). Covering the Qana 'Massacre' 1996: A case of contextual objectivity. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1(2), 138-155.
  7. Harb, Z. and Bessaiso, E. (2006). British Arab Muslim audiences and television after September 11. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(6), 1063-1076.
  8. Harb, Z. (2006). Review of Naomi Sakr’s edited book ‘Women and media in the Middle East: power through self-expression’. Social Semiotics, 16(2), 390-393.
  9. Harb, Z. (2005). Review of Nicholas Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s book ‘Politics and Propaganda Weapons of Mass Seduction’. Political Communication: an international journal, 1(3), 325-335.
  10. Harb, Z. (2004). Review of Eytan Gilboa’s book, ‘Media and Conflict’. Media Culture and Society, 26(4), 591-595.

Book (2)

  1. Matar, D. and Harb, Z. (25 Jul 2013). Narrating Conflict in the Middle East. I.B.Tauris. ISBN: 1780761031.
  2. Harb, Z. (15 Apr 2011). Channels of Resistance in Lebanon. I.B.Tauris. ISBN: 1848851200.

Chapter (2)

  1. Harb, Z. (2012). Zahera Harb. (Ed.), No Woman’s Land: on the Frontlines with Female Reporters London, UK: International News Safety Institute.
  2. Harb, Z. (2009). "Grapes of Unity facing Grapes of Wrath": Objectivity and War Reporting. (Ed.), The Middle East in the Media: Conflicts, Censorship and Public Opinion London, UK: Saqi.

Report (2)

  1. Threadgold, T., Clifford, S., Harb, Z., Arwo, A., Powell, V., Jiang, X. and Jewell, J. (2008). Immigration and inclusion in south-east Wales.
  2. Harb, Z. (2004). Too Close for Comfort? The Role of Embedded Reporting During the 2003 Iraq War.