Qatari Law Will Test Media Freedom

[Strategic Social analyst Jennifer Lambert's recent publication for the Carnegie Endowment]

After years of trying to differentiate Qatar from its neighbors by cultivating a modern and more liberal image, the Qatari government is set to unveil a new media law by the end of this year that has some journalists worried it will restrict certain types of speech. Already, Qatar’s ranking within the Reporter Without Borders press freedom index has fallen; its current rank of 121 out of 178 countries surveyed is its lowest since being included in the survey in 2003. If the new law imposes fines or imprisonment for certain types of speech, journalists will surely protest and efforts to differentiate Qatar from its neighbors will suffer a serious setback. Read the full story here.