Before leaving the White House, Donald Trump accelerated and shielded him to achieve a great achievement by bringing the Gulf reconciliation into existence before Joe Biden took over the reins of power. This was welcomed by the conflicting parties, and the Gulf media began to reduce the unprecedented tension.
The press of Western democratic countries, whether visible, audio, and written, is accustomed to taking care of their countries’ internal affairs by exposing the corruption of all kinds to have a role in developing their homelands. But in the Arab world like Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Qatar, and Egypt, the press has other tasks.
Western journalism and fighting corruption:
In the recent past, we have seen, read, and heard how the press of the most powerful country globally, America, has contributed in either to lay the foundations for democracy in the 2020 presidential elections. And how has this press kept committed to exposing electoral corruption, especially by Trump, who is trying to steal another mandate from his opponent, Joe Biden?
Despite all the reports that came out in the press, whether with or against the current US President Trump, no one in the country intervened to stop journalists or close the newspapers and television broadcasters’ headquarters. However, everyone stood far from this endeavor, even if there were public accusations to the press – especially from Trump’s followers – of publishing news and reports that they consider misleading, only because they do not agree with them, or expose their unacceptable behavior in their attempts to corrupt the electoral process.
We chose the American press as an example because the world followed every detail of the election from the candidates’ start until election day. Everyone knows big and small things, and by the same approach, various issues are unfolding and in the rest of other western countries like Britain, France, and Germany.
We chose the American press as an example because the world has been following every detail of the election from the candidates’ rounds start until election day. Everyone knows the big and small things about them, and the same approach, various events pass in the US, and the rest of the other Western countries such as Great Britain, France, and Germany.
The Arab press and its approach to fighting corruption:
Those who follow the Gulf affairs, in particular, see the extent of the experience of its media in tracking the nakedness of the other, forgetting that his nakedness is exposed and in dire need of someone who conceals it. How is that?
We will always talk about the short term of Gulf issues in their relationship with various Western countries. There is no need for us in the article to go back many years because that only prolongs writing, and we will often reach the same conclusion.
Before the recent Gulf crisis, which resulted in the declaration of a blockade by an alliance that includes Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and Bahrain, against the State of Qatar, for nothing except because the latter refused to take part in the war against Yemen and commented on it that this makes up aggression against a brotherly Arab country, besides her opinion on some issues in the region and her relationship with some countries such as Iran and Turkey.
The Gulf media, in particular, before the crisis, was heading towards the wars unfolding here and there, even though other Arab countries were in their arena, which the Arab Spring was one of its causes as is the case in Syria and Yemen.
After the Gulf crisis, each country allied with other countries. Qatar made Turkey a strategic-ally, strengthened its relations with Iran and some European countries, and used its media to denounce other countries and the corruption that ravages their bodies by publishing top-secret reports in its channels which reveal the nudity of major personalities in these countries.
The Saudi and Emirati press radars also tended to publish everything that would expose Qatar’s inside and the countries that stood by it during the crisis, especially Turkey and Iran.
The media of these countries – directed and funded by governments – no longer prioritize their internal affairs. Rather, it searches here and there for the other’s scandals, especially on the human and political side, despite the past and the black present in this aspect for these countries without exception. For example, Saudi Arabia arrested many clerics, journalists, and anyone who spoke a negative opinion about the siege of the State of Qatar, coinciding with the Gulf crisis, and the UAE followed Saudi Arabia’s approach and shared the same policy.
Gulf Media and Gulf reconciliation!
Certainly, many peoples of the Gulf countries (in particular those who seek a serious change in human rights) have benefited from the crisis because some files would not have been revealed without this somewhat long break.
Signs of Gulf reconciliation loomed on the horizon, particularly after Trump’s chief adviser and his son-in-law David Kushner visited the three countries and the Emir of Kuwait’s intervention to heal the rift between the quarreling neighbors until the parties reached an initial agreement to drop the dispute, and restore relations as they were. However, how will the Gulf media handle the situation?
In the recent past, Qatari channels described the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as countries of aggression and countries of a blockade, following the war declared by Saudi Arabia and its ally the Emirates and some Arab countries in Yemen. And the land, air, sea blockade these countries have declared against Qatar. Saudi and Emirati media, such as Al Arabiya TV, describe Qatar as a “supporter of terrorism”. And these countries have often attempted to Negative defamation of each other in various aspects, particularly those relating to human rights, even though human rights cases are disastrous in these countries.
The Gulf media, especially in the three countries, was not satisfied with talking about the black files of some of them but spread to other countries such as Egypt, Iran and Turkey, and everyone who supported Qatar on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other side.
Conflicts between Arab countries are almost a victory for some opposition currents because these currents cannot talk about some internal files for fear of arrests and the torture that follows them. The conflict serves their agendas, as each time they find other media promoting their ideas, he strips what is difficult for her to reveal.
From all this, we will wait impatiently until after the gulf reconciliation to look at the Gulf media, how to deal with the situation. Will Al Jazeera continue to expose corruption files in Saudi Arabia and the UAE? And will the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, for example, have a chance to talk about his assassination again? Will the workers’ rights file in Qatar be discussed in the coming days on the Emirati Al Arabiya channel platforms and the Saudi media channels? Or will all these files and cases disappear forever, as if they did not exist in the past?
All these questions and others, we will see their answers in the coming days, after the success of the Gulf reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and the UAE and Qatar.