In Doha, a “Climate of Fear”

In Doha, a “Climate of Fear”

By Charles Rollet   Press releases, snazzy conferences, and promotional videos all tell one story about Northwestern in Qatar: that of a successful branch campus which, despite some initial hurdles, is flourishing. As Provost Dan Linzer said at an event in Norris last October, NU-Q has “transitioned from a start-up to a thriving school, wrestling with the same […]

Northwestern Faculty Senate Calls for “Immediate Release” of Qatari Poet – without NU-Q’s Support

Muhammad al-Ajami, imprisoned for a poem. By Charles Rollet When Qatari poet Muhammad al-Ajami was sentenced to life imprisonment for criticizing the Emir of Qatar in a poem, Faculty Senate member Helen Thompson felt a personal obligation to call attention to his case. “I felt that as an English professor, it was somewhat incumbent on me to respond […]

Reporting in Qatar, Part 2: “Northwestern University does not Help or Support Criminals”

Reporting in Qatar, Part 2: “Northwestern University does not Help or Support Criminals”

By: Charles Rollet, with additional reporting by Annalise Frank A Northwestern in Qatar journalism student was beaten by police, then jailed for 10 days for going behind the scenes in the aftermath of a controversial mall fire. He says Northwestern did little to help, accusing him of being a “criminal” and ultimately “washing their hands” of him.  […]

Reporting in Qatar, Part 1: A Fragile Balance

Reporting in Qatar, Part 1: A Fragile Balance

By: Charles Rollet, with additional reporting by Annalise Frank In this exclusive two-part series, The Chron investigates media freedom and reporting conditions in the rapidly-developing country of Qatar, where Northwestern’s first international campus is located. But beneath its ritzy surface, the Gulf state still has serious issues with freedom of expression which are often overlooked […]