Author: Alexis Cruz

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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QATAR: Time to Get Worker’s Rights in Shape

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- The last month has brought a flood of news about the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It’s been a controversial topic ever since FIFA awarded the tournament to Qatar, in part because of the country’s kafala system that critics say lets employers abuse migrant workers. When FIFA announced their proposal, reports on worker’s rights appeared in much of the international media, especially in the west where anger over the World Cup host selection is greatest. In Qatar, however, newspapers must wane on the side of caution. Qatari newspapers like Gulf Times and The Peninsula have devoted their...

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QATAR: Al Jazeera – Weapon in a Media War

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar provides the headquarters for the international media powerhouse Al Jazeera. While the network claims to be independent, one of their journalists who is currently incarcerated in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy, claims that they have failed to support him in court because of political differences between Qatar and Egypt. After three journalists were imprisoned, the network launched a media campaign that included the hashtag #FreeAJStaff to build support for their journalists and for journalistic freedom. However, in an opinion piece, Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist, states that he and his colleagues were used as pawns for “political...

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