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Marc Owen Jones

Marc Owen Jones

Owen Jones

Marc Owen Jones is an Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at HBKU and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Democracy for the Arab World Now and the Middle East Council for Global Affairs

In the run-up to the FIFA 2022 World Cup, Marc Owen Jones analyses media coverage of Qatar, and unpacks the reasons behind the skewed critical representations of the host nation in the British press.

01 November, 2022

Analysis: The killing of the veteran Palestinian journalist has prompted a flood of disinformation and propaganda from the Israeli state in order to whitewash the violence of military occupation.

12 May, 2022

Analysis: Elon Musk's libertarian views could be dangerous for pro-democracy activists in authoritarian regimes, where free speech is a privilege of the power elite and those who agree with them.

11 May, 2022

Opinion: Israeli-made spyware Pegasus is being used to target human rights defenders, dissidents, activists, and journalists, entrenching the rule of the region’s authoritarian leaders, writes Marc Owen Jones.

23 July, 2021

Comment: A decade after an unprecedented uprising, the obstacles to reform in Bahrain remain as insurmountable as they were a decade ago, writes Marc Owen Jones.

15 February, 2021

Comment: Social media played an important role in the Arab uprisings, but over the last decade, authoritarian regimes have embraced this technology for their repressive agendas, writes Marc Owen Jones.

12 January, 2021

Comment: Jamal Khashoggi had a vision of freedom and democracy in the Arab region. The need to fight for it is now greater than ever, writes Marc Owen Jones.

01 October, 2020

Comment: The DOJ report forcing AJ+ to register as a foreign agent bears the clear hallmarks of Washington's Emirati lobby and an authoritarian agenda, finds Marc Owen Jones.

18 September, 2020

Comment: With disinformation, intimidation of critics, and an array of fake accounts, Saudi Arabia has successfully turned Twitter into a weapon of authoritarian rule, writes disinformation expert, Marc Owen Jones.

15 September, 2020

When an American TV weatherman started tweeting support for the Saudi regime, people started asking questions. Not least because the meteorologist had been dead for two years...

25 February, 2019