Author: Alexis Cruz

QATAR: World Cup Flub on Workers’ Rights

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- A corruption scandal is still brewing  in international soccer, but it’s business as usual for Qatar, and the country’s top priority is making sure their chance to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup goes off without a hitch. Even if it means bumping into a few hitches with migrant workers along the way who, like Egyptian laborers of ancient times, are the human fodder erecting the pyramid to be called the World Cup Stadium. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) recently published a report on migrant workers’ welfare from April through December of last...

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QATAR: The Freedom to Censor

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Usually it’s censors who block a controversial film from domestic distribution. Not so in Quatar, at least in the case of The Danish Girl. Following online outrage at the transgender tale, the country’s Ministry of Culture tweeted out this month: “We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas. We thank you for your unwavering vigilance.” The film depicts a fictionalized version of the lives of married Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Elbe was one of the...

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Qatar: Protecting the People From Themselves

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Social media sites give users a platform to voice their opinions. They provide a means to communicate with others and express whatever they wish. Some people post disrespectful material, and that’s when censorship and social media ethics enter into the equation. This is a problem Qatar is mulling over as more of its laws try to enforce ethical behavior on social media and the government continues to ratchet up censorship. Interestingly enough. however, Facebook recently published a report on government requests to turn over user data. Surprise!  It turns out Qatar had made very few requests – only...

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Qatar: Al Jazeera’s Small Plea for Media Freedom

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Al Jazeera journalists who were jailed in Egypt are now free and out of the country. Australian Peter Greste was deported in February 2015 and in September his colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy were finally pardoned by the Egyptian government and released from prison. By October they left Egypt. Even better news is that they are not going to keep quiet. Baher Mohamed upon returning to Qatar received a hero’s welcome at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha. He told his colleagues that he was proud to stand for a cause like media freedom...

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QATAR: Keeping FIFA Happy

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the governing body for international soccer, continues to face hard times; Qatar is still dealing with controversy over the World Cup, and it continues to do what it can to defend its bid. The problem is that Qatar cannot control the media everywhere in the world. The news surrounding the association this time concerns FIFA President Sepp Blatter.  Long believed to be clean of corruption, Blatter is now under investigation by Switzerland.  In addition to this, The Financial Times has reported that companies like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, as well as...

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Asia Media International Staff

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS)

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