Ehab Galal

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pp. 127-144

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17 pages

8. Qatar

A Small Country with a Global Outlook

Chapter of: Arab Media Systems(pp. 127–144)
The State of Qatar is a new, small, and extremely rich country, ruled by the Al-Thani family and with a population of which a majority are non-Qatari nationals. It is also a country mostly known for the satellite channel Al-Jazeera. This cocktail of smallness, royal rule, and money is crucial for understanding the media landscape in Qatar, which in basic terms must be divided between the national media and the global satellite consortium of Al-Jazeera. Despite their different audiences, both media types are used and managed to consolidate and strengthen the rule and influence of Qatar and the Al-Thani family.