Qatar’s outspoken TV channel, Al-Jazeera, has transformed the media
landscape in the rest of the Arab world but ignores what happens in Qatar
itself. Journalists in this small emirate are left little leeway by the
oppressive legislative arsenal and the draconian system of censorship. The same
subjects (the government, royal family and Islam) are off limits 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.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



115 in 2015

Global score


35.35 in 2015


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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