Author: Alexis Cruz

QATAR: Playing Great Offense in the Media

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar is going on the offensive in the media game. The country wants the world to know that it is keeping the World Cup and is looking to start a rebranding effort. A Washington Post blog item published in May reported that 1,200 migrant workers had died on World Cup constructions sites. Outraged, the country’s officials accused the Washington Post of spreading misleading material. The government’s communication office issued a statement claiming that there had not been any deaths on a World Cup construction site. A month later a long clarification was posted alongside the blog...

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QATAR: Media Move to Keep the (Soccer) Ball in Qatar’s Court

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- World soccer is wrapped up in a whirlwind of scandal.  Not only have American authorities indicted FIFA executives, they are now working with the Swiss to investigate soccer’s governing body for corruption and bribery. Once again under scrutiny are Russia’s (2018) and Qatar’s (2022) upcoming World Cup matches.  Qatar has confronted criticism from nearly everyone, but earlier this month, the tiny gulf state gained crucial media support from its neighbors. At the 23rd meeting of the The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of most of the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf,  information ministers encouraged the regional...

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Qatar: Arrested for Trespassing, or Revealing?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Good PR is hard to obtain for Qatar, and last week it became even more difficult when Qatari security officers arrested a BBC crew reporting on migrant workers. The Prime Minister’s office had invited several media outlets, including the BBC, on an official tour of the new accommodations for migrant workers.  The crew was arrested while attempting to obtain additional material outside of the tour. The detained journalist, BBC Middle East correspondent Mark Lobel, said in a statement, “The working and housing conditions of migrant workers constructing new buildings in Qatar ahead of the World Cup...

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QATAR: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar’s proposal to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup was overly ambitious from the outset. They needed massive funds to build new cities just to house new stadiums. In the beginning, Qatar appeared to have money to burn due to a lucrative oil market.  Nevertheless, the country has recently undergone financial issues, with oil prices falling below sixty dollars a barrel, thus putting many of these development projects at risk. Yet, Qatar remains adamant that they will be able to hold a successful World Cup in 2022.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reported that Qatar needs...

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QATAR: Changing the Channel

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- This year, two pan-Arab television channels were launched with the aspirations of providing an independent media platform. Al-Arab launched in Bahrain on February 1. Its owner, Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, promised that he could run the channel without any political interference and set up the base in Bahrain supposedly to avoid Saudi censors. However, hours after Al-Arab launched, the Bahraini government shut it down after it ran an interview with a Bahraini government opposition activist. The other channel is Al Araby, backed by a private Qatari media company. The channel is seen as a...

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