Reporters Without Borders knocked Qatar down two spots in its annual World Press Freedom Index, released yesterday. Qatar now sits in 117th place among 180 nations included in the ranking, behind Kuwait but still ahead of the other GCC countries.
Some hope the latest restructuring will help DCMF play a more active role in promoting press freedom in Qatar and strengthen the country’s position as a media hub alongside institutions such as Al Jazeera and Northwestern University in Qatar.
The draft legislation, which contains provisions that would punish anyone for posting online content that violates "social values," was discussed by Cabinet members yesterday, and awaits the Emir's signature.
The annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index has dropped Qatar down a few pegs over its proposed cybercrime law, which could outlaw “false news” and punish those who publish information that may threaten the social order.