Doha: Northwestern University in Qatar's sixth annual Media Use in the Middle East survey found that majorities of nationals in most of the countries surveyed generally support online freedom of expression and there has been an increase in the percentage of nationals who feel that film and TV content from the US/Hollywood is good for morality.
'NU-Q's Media Use in the Middle East 2018: A Seven-Nation Survey is a comprehensive resource for scholars, as well as business, government and other thought leaders seeking to better understand and engage with the region, said Everette E Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q. 'Since 2013, NU-Q has selected six to eight countries to approximate a reasonable representation of public opinion on media use and related topics in a turbulent and complex region.
Six years of feedback suggests that our research has generated useful and discerning findings.
The participating countries — Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE, and Saudi Arabia — represent a cultural and geopolitical cross-section of the Mena region.
The 155-page report, published in English and Arabic, offers chapters covering cultural attitudes, censorship and digital privacy, media use by platform, online and social media, film, TV, music and podcasts, games, sports, and news, as well as one section focusing just on Qatar.
In addition to charts and summaries, the report also features guest commentary from such experts as the University of Maryland's Shibley Telhami, Rice University's Kristian Ulrichsen, Al Jazeera English's Leah Harding, the Doha Film Institute's Fatma Al Remaihi, the Annenberg School for Communication's Marwan M Kraidy, Al Fanar Media's Ursula Lindsey, the University of Essex's Fatima el Issawi, Georgetown University in Qatar's Mohamed Zayani and Mehran Kamrava, and NU-Q's Eric Espig and Craig LaMay.
The sixth annual media use survey was conducted face-to-face (phone in Qatar) among 7,635 respondents across seven countries. The survey was conducted by The Harris Poll from July 10 to December 30, 2018.
The complete results of NU-Q's sixth annual Middle East media use survey are also available on the interactive website, mideastmedia.org.