SPECIAL REPORT: The Qatar-Gulf crisis: The attack on media freedom and the West’s loss of moral authority

  • Joseph M. Fernandez Curtin University (Western Australia)

Abstract

Four Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia in mid-2017 launched a brazen attack on media freedom by demanding that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera television network, as part of a list of demands prompted by a diplomatic crisis. The standoff has not ended although the immediate threat to Al Jazeera appears to have abated. The world's media responded to the threat to Al Jazeera by convening in Doha for a conference in July 2017 and by issuing a statement containing recommendations for the protection of freedom of expression.

Author Biography

Joseph M. Fernandez, Curtin University (Western Australia)

Associate Professor Dr Fernandez is the head of the Curtin Journalism Department. He teaches Media Law and is the author of 'Media Law in Australia: Principles, Pitfalls and Potentials' (2014). His areas of research interest include defamation, journalist-source confidentiality and shield laws.

Al Jazeera
Published
02-11-2018

How to Cite
Fernandez, J. (2018). SPECIAL REPORT: The Qatar-Gulf crisis: The attack on media freedom and the West’s loss of moral authority. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 24(2), 158-164. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v24i1.401