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The adoption of mobile devices is widespread, across all age groups and throughout the region. For example, almost half of the Affluent in the Middle East now follow news on their mobile phone.
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Mobile shopping is also becoming more popular: three in ten regularly use their smartphone to make online purchases. Not only are the Arab countries amongst the most youthful regions in the world, young Affluent in the Middle East also stand out because of their spending power. So what are these young and wealthy interested in?
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Results from the survey indicate that they find it very important to keep up with the latest fashion and trends. Compared to older Affluent, Arab Millennials are much more likely to buy high-end shoes and designer clothing: This is equally true for the automotive industry - In the UAE, these young Affluent are particularly positive about the future and feel financially secure.
Since its first launch, the Ipsos Affluent Survey Middle East has continually evolved and enhanced its methodology. The adoption of mobile technology, the rise of social media and the rollout of digital broadcasting services: the media landscape in the Middle East and Africa has drastically changed over the past decade. Who are these Arab and African Affluent with high spending power?
One key issue, for journalists and news consumers alike, is the relative lack of media freedom, and freedom of expression, in the region. This can drive conversation into more controlled environments, like closed WhatsApp groups and encrypted apps like Telegram. It also results in self-censorship, due to privacy concerns and concern over what it is safe to say in the public domain.
Worldwide, the Middle East is the most dangerous region for journalists. Not only journalists, but also media outlets themselves are now under existential threat.
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Reporters Without Borders highlighted this in their World Press Freedom Index , ranking a number of Middle Eastern countries near the bottom of their list. The deaths and detainment of journalists in countries such as Syria and Yemen is a cause for concern, as is increased hostility towards journalists in Egypt.
In , the Egyptian government passed legislation restricting where journalists can operate and making it obligatory for new media websites to apply for licenses. Even veteran journalists have been feeling the heat in Egypt. Kirkpatrick, was recently detained by security officials and expelled from the country with no explanation.
nesyndpece.tk Despite this repressive backdrop and the self-censorship often resorted to by internet and social media users, social networks remain an avenue for stories and sources. More recently, regional outlets such as Al Jazeera have harnessed social media as a news source by reporting on the BringDevBack movement started by Yemeni people looking to rebuild their country.