Below are the slides to my other paper presentation at the AEJMC conference. It greatly expands on my work for the Doha Centre for Media Freedom that was published earlier this year.
The paper examines the limits placed on Arab journalists in the context of the guidelines provided from a United Nations treaty, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. Section 19 of that document provides guidance on how to balance freedom of speech with legitimate governmental duties to protect the general welfare of a country (such as defamation or public order.) Read more on this here.
I plan on submitting the full paper for peer-reviewed publication after I get feedback on the presentation.
Here’s the abstract:
This article analyzes media regulations of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on the Arabian Peninsula—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The laws are analyzed and compared to international approaches that aim to balance freedom of expression against other societal obligations. The analysis shows that GCC laws go far beyond international norms in several areas including defamation, insults and criticisms, public order, and the banning of “false news.”