Lines in the Sand, Redefined

Alex Malouf argues that, contrary to what some people may think, media in Saudi Arabia is actually more open than its neighbor in the UAE:

Buoyed by debate online, particularly on social media, and tentative steps to reform the country’s government, Saudi media has become bolder in its tackling of issues such as the nationalization of jobs, consumer rights, and government services. Even taboos such as land ownership have gained recent attention in both the Arabic and English media. This drive hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Kingdom’s government, and one editor (of Al-Sharq) was fired for his paper’s aggressive criticism of officials.

(via Rasheed)