Author: Alexis Cruz

QATAR: Posting vs. Privacy

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar reinforced their cybercrime law when the government approved an amendment that criminalizes photographing those who are injured or killed in accidents and posting them on social media. The amendment was added to the 2004 penal law code, and according to the state-run organization Qatar News agency, it punishes, “anyone who captures or transmits pictures of the deceased or injured in accidents without the consent of their representatives, through devices of any kind.” Qatari lawyers have warned that posting horrific photos of accident victims on social media without consent could bring legal consequences, but admitted that Qatar...

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QATAR: ISIS Social Media Accounts Cast Net

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – One could say that Al Qaeda is the grumpy old man to the Islamic State’s (ISIS) younger, vibrant, and more energetic twenty-something year old. Their success in recruiting is due to members being greatly familiar with modern technology and excelling at the use of social media. This puts their message on a worldwide forum accessed by curious minds everywhere. Already, ISIS has recruited young adults from Western countries; some are university students or graduates. Now, even more are being recruited from Asia. A journalist from the Indian state of Kerala recently allegedly joined ISIS after...

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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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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), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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