The New Wave of Middle-East Media Repression (Project-Syndicate)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have shown that, when a government lacks legitimacy, its best chance of holding onto power is by suppressing unfavorable information. But the experiences of Iraq and Lebanon suggest that this approach has limits in political systems that depend on power-sharing arrangements.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/egypt-saudi-arabia-undermine-middle-east-information-freedom-by-lydia-khalil-2020-02

Lydia Khalil is a research fellow in the West Asia program at the Lowy Institute.

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