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Posted On: 13 May 2019 10:34 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Most Middle Easterns support freedom of expression online: NUQ survey

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Qatar Tribune reported that a majority of nationals in the Middle East 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, a new study by Northwestern University in Qatar has found.

Everette E Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q, said, “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.

As per the survey, fewer nationals now than in 2014 say films and TV content from the Arab region are good for morality, while more nationals say such content from the US/Hollywood is good for morality.

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