The Gulf information war and the role of media and communication technologies

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The usual narrative about Arabian Gulf countries has been one of unity and close relationships. The air and trade blockade on Qatar from its neighboring countries, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, as well as from Egypt, proves that the aspired unity is probably just a myth and that the political divide is worse than ever nearly two years into the blockade. Media, information, and new technology are at the core of the divide and have contributed to igniting the crisis. This Special Section, with the scholars' contributions, offers some perspectives to think about media and technology as foci in this political conflict. It launches a debate about the information war, and this introduction notes a possible vulnerability for members of the larger academic community in the region who take part in this debate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1300
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
StatePublished - 2019


  • Academic freedom
  • Communication technologies
  • GCC crisis
  • Gulf information war
  • Qatar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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