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The lack of breaking news and the lack of people being able to have a conversation (in the local media) are why Doha News has become so popular – it fills a void.
Khatri and Omar Chatriwala - the couple behind Doha News - were recently interviewed by DCMF about the growth of online media in Qatar.
In it, they share their views on why online media sources like Doha News have become so popular in recent years.
“We know there is not a lot of real time information shared by the traditional news sources here, and that is something you can get for better or for worse on social media,” says Chatriwala. “Being able to have your opinion heard and sharing information - I think that is leading the embrace of social media and making it grow so rapidly here – its news and views.”
The pair say that there isn’t any issue they won’t cover on Doha News, providing that they can check that the story is true.
However, Chatriwala says that this can often be a difficult task :
“We just wish that people (in Qatar) understood the way media works and that denial isn’t always the best way to go about things – transparency would help,” he says. “We aren’t going to cover it unless we can journalistically back it up with multiple sources, even if they are not necessarily official sources. If we can back it up with legitimate sources then that is when we will cover something.”
What do you think about the media scene here in Qatar? Does social media tell you things traditional sources do not?
Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Grimm