Saudi Arabia’s Takeover of the Region’s Media

Issandr El Amrani in The Arabist comments on Saudi Arabia’s media control and “the harsh punishments on those that do not portray a rose-tinted view of the royal family and the kingdom.” He explains that “Riyadh’s political and economic clout – and the survival of the Royal family – depends on the kingdom retaining its position as a leading player in the region’s power politics. To retain this balance of power, informative and potentially damning news on the kingdom needs to be squashed.”