Media caught in the information war

The outspoken Qatari TV broadcaster, Al Jazeera, has transformed the media landscape in the rest of the Arab world but ignores what happens in Qatar itself. The Doha News website continues to be blocked within Qatar. Journalists in this small emirate are left little leeway by the oppressive legislative arsenal and the draconian system of censorship. The government, the royal family, and Islam are off limits to reporters (as in the rest of the Persian Gulf) and violators risk imprisonment. A cyber-crime law adopted in late 2014 imposed additional restrictions on journalists and criminalized posting “false news” online. Al Jazeera and its journalists were hit hard by the Saudi-led diplomatic offensive against Qatar in the summer of 2017, which led to the closure of its Riyadh and Amman bureaux.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



123 in 2017

Global score


39.83 in 2017


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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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