Gulf states sell normalisation as a win for regional peace by managing the media narrative and suppressing dissent.
The talk in the Middle East these days is of “normalisation” – between Gulf states and Israel. However, the media push to normalise normalisation started before the deals were signed and is likely to go on for a while.
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Maryam al-Khawaja – Bahraini human rights activist
Iyad el-Baghdadi – Founder, Arab Tyrant Manual; President, Kawaakibi Foundation
Ayala Panievsky, Media researcher; University of Cambridge
Hussein Ibish – Arab Gulf States Institute
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