According to Mohammed Jasem Al Saqr , an acclaimed Arab journalist and editor of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas,
very few newspapers in the Arab world are perceived as credible
sources. Because most media establishments are owned directly or
indirectly by the government, there is little breathing room.
Speaking at the Arab Media Forum 2006,
Al Saqr said the media in the region lacks credibility and out of about
250 papers in the area, only 5 or 10 are reliable. A good part of the
news covered and given priority involves coverage of top government
officials and the govenment’s reach into affecting the outcome of news
extends even into sports, he said.
Othman Al Omeir, publisher of the powerful online Arabic newspaper Elaph, said that it
was not possible to separate the society from the media. He continued
to say that society will reflect its media coverage and blamed the
state of infrastructure in the region and a lack of technology.
But Al Omair said that questioning the credibility of the Arab media was generalizing an issue. Jamil Matar, Head of the Arab Centre for Development and Future Research, said that
one cannot expect credibility from the media when the rest of the
system lacks credibility.
Source: Khaleej Times