Gulf Guide Living Conditions

Chapter 2 – COVID-19 and Migrant Workers in the Gulf

While the Gulf states have largely reopened their key sectors, migrants remain vulnerable to employment insecurity and exploitation. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the pre-existing issues that migrant workers face in the Gulf region, including non-payment of wages, exclusion from social protections, and limited access to healthcare. The migration systems and practices in the region not only render workers more vulnerable to negative health outcomes but place them in financial jeopardy. The following chapter provides context to key COVID-19-related issues and examples of good coverage, alongside tips for reporting on the crisis as well as an analysis of Gulf nations’ vaccination rollout policies. Migrant workers account for the majority of the labor force in the Gulf states, and workers of all income classes have been most affected by the pandemic’s economic crisis.

Gulf Guide Chapter 1 - Passport_Witheld

Chapter 1 – Best Practices and Suggested Topics in the COVID Era

This section was written by Migrant-Rights.org’s Vani Saraswathi. Reporting around labor migration in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is often framed around portraying migrant workers as victims, and does not recognize their agency or adequately capture their aspirational journey for a better life for their families and themselves. When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in 2020, the pandemic was portrayed as a global equalizer by many, including by the media. But within a few weeks, it became clear that the pandemic was not equalizing. On the contrary, it threw into sharp relief the existing fault lines of discriminatory policies.

Gulf Guide Workers crane

Introduction: GIJN Guide to Reporting on Migration in the Gulf Arab Countries

INTRODUCTION
More than 23 million migrant workers live in the six Middle Eastern countries that make up the political and economic alliance known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. Unfortunately, abuse of these workers is widespread, mostly due to the legal framework of the kafala sponsorship system — the legal framework defining the relationship between migrant workers and their employers — which can result in contract violations and dangerous working conditions, benefit unscrupulous traffickers, and cause discord among brokers and employers. Media outlets, both local and international, have generally struggled to closely cover human trafficking and forced labor in the region, however, because of the restrictions on press freedom, security concerns, and threats of detention or deportation. For these reasons, GIJN, in collaboration with Migrant-Rights.org, has updated and expanded this multilingual guide to educate journalists on best practices, tools, and country-specific resources, all against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Illustrations are by Marcelle Louw.

Forbidden Stories' Pegasus Project exposé

Data Journalism Top 10: Pegasus, Silencing Reporters, Europe Flooding, Diversity Mapping, K-pop

Our NodeXL mapping from July 12 to 18, which tracks the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter each week, found a series of articles resulting from the collaborative project that analyzed an unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance. In this edition, we also feature an insight into Facebook’s data wars by The New York Times, an interactive piece by Al Jazeera on how the holy city of Mecca has expanded, and a colorful project by the Washington Post on the rise of K-pop.

Data Journalism Top 10: China’s Gene Data, Norway’s Terror, India’s Sugar, Space Tourism

Ten years ago, terror attacks in Norway claimed the lives of 77 people and seriously injured at least 40. Our NodeXL mapping from July 5 to 11 found an interactive timeline piece by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang telling the story of a tragic event that impacted an entire nation. In this edition, we also feature an investigation by Reuters into a Chinese company harvesting genetic data from pregnant women, a series on gun violence in Chicago by The Trace, and a look at “silent” Russian politicians by IStories.

Data Journalism Top 10: Chinese Propaganda, Social Media Abuse, Herd Immunity, Florida Condo Collapse, Pandemic Plastic

With less than a month until the start of the Olympic Games, host country Japan’s slow vaccination campaign is causing concern. Our NodeXL mapping from June 21 to 27 found a piece by The New York Times looking at Japan’s efforts to combat the pandemic in the run-up to a global sporting event. In this edition, we also feature a joint investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times into Chinese propaganda on the internet, a herd immunity calculator by German newspaper Zeit, and revelations from the Guardian about abusive posts on social media targeting English soccer players.

Топ-10 DDJ: архитектура апартеида, ночные поезда, освещение конфликтов, ЛГБТК и вакцины для беженцев

В Европе путешественникам предлагают пересесть с самолетов на ночные поезда, в Южной Африке обсуждают архитектурные особенности апартеида, а в Мехико подсчитывают реальное количество жертв пандемии коронавируса.