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Marc Owen Jones

Owen Jones

Marc Owen Jones is a lecturer in Gulf History at the University of Exeter's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, and director of Bahrain Watch.

Opinion: Israeli-made spyware Pegasus is being used to target human rights defenders, dissidents, activists, and journalists, entrenching the rule of the region’s authoritarian leaders, writes Marc Owen Jones.

23 July, 2021

Comment: A decade after an unprecedented uprising, the obstacles to reform in Bahrain remain as insurmountable as they were a decade ago, writes Marc Owen Jones.

15 February, 2021

Comment: Social media played an important role in the Arab uprisings, but over the last decade, authoritarian regimes have embraced this technology for their repressive agendas, writes Marc Owen Jones.

12 January, 2021

Comment: Jamal Khashoggi had a vision of freedom and democracy in the Arab region. The need to fight for it is now greater than ever, writes Marc Owen Jones.

01 October, 2020

Comment: The DOJ report forcing AJ+ to register as a foreign agent bears the clear hallmarks of Washington's Emirati lobby and an authoritarian agenda, finds Marc Owen Jones.

18 September, 2020

Comment: With disinformation, intimidation of critics, and an array of fake accounts, Saudi Arabia has successfully turned Twitter into a weapon of authoritarian rule, writes disinformation expert, Marc Owen Jones.

15 September, 2020

When an American TV weatherman started tweeting support for the Saudi regime, people started asking questions. Not least because the meteorologist had been dead for two years...

25 February, 2019

Comment: Bahrain has established a pseudo-civil society to help it gain credibility on the international stage and avoid accountability for its human rights abuses, writes Marc Owen Jones.

28 September, 2017