Journalism in Kuwait: Journalists’ Practices, Professional Values, and Perceived Roles

© Media Watch 11 (4) 736-748, 2020
ISSN 0976-0911 | e-ISSN 2249-8818
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2020/v11i4/204640


Journalism in Kuwait: Journalists’ Practices, Professional Values, and Perceived Roles


Fatima Alsalem
Kuwait University, Kuwait



This study explores Kuwaiti journalists’ perceptions of journalism as a profession and its role in society. It examines how journalists view different aspects of their practices, values, and roles. First, the study provides a general picture of how journalism is perceived by working journalists in Kuwait and its role in society. Second, it examines how journalists perceive their professional identity by assessing different aspects of their practices, functions, and professional values. In-depth in-person surveys were conducted with 37 Kuwaiti journalists using a forty-five-item questionnaire to develop perceptions towards their profession, values, ethics, and general outlook of Kuwait society. The results show that most Kuwaiti journalists are males and the majority hold a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, 89.2% of surveyed journalists expressed their interest in additional journalism training. In terms of job satisfaction, more than two-thirds of journalists are reasonably satisfied with their job. 


Keywords: Journalism, Kuwait, print newspapers, journalism ethics, media law, censorship


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Dr. Fatima Alsalem holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Dr. Alsalem is currently working as an Assistant Professor of mass communication at Kuwait University, Kuwait.  Her research areas are in journalism, impact of social media, and new media technologies.


Correspondence to: Fatima Alsalem, Mass Communication Department, Kuwait University, PB 13096, Safat 2355, Kuwait.


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