Qatar’s “Media City” is an organization that was created for the purpose of promoting media-related activities in the country. Similar to the Qatar Free Zones, the city is established under different laws and offers special concessions to the companies within it. Qatar’s Media City is focused on three different types of media: TV channels, publications, and social media. They have attracted more than 33 different news outlets and continue to search for more partners.
The news organizations that are an established part of the Media City will enjoy additional benefits. They are provided with access to the latest technologies in media, in exchange for these influencers to come and give a lecture in one of Qatar’s universities. Examples include Qatar University, which has a huge media department, or Northwestern University campus, and American University.
Media City hopes to draw in more news outlets through its commitment to ethical news writing. The attraction of the city is that it has no editorial limits. However, it does have a code of ethics based on responsible media. The media outlets that come to the city are responsible for what they say and their actions. A media outlet will not be able to be taken to court in Qatar, instead, if there are editorial disputes, the dispute will be solved in the country where the outlet is headquartered.