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Al Jazeera criticises closure of KSA office

by Digital Studio Middle East Staff on Jun 7, 2017




Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera has described Saudi Arabia's decision to shut its office in KSA as "unjustified". The news channel called on Saudi Arabia to allow its journalists to continue to work "free of intimidation and threats" and condemned the closure of the office in a statement, AFP reported.

"We firmly believe these are unjustified measure(s) by the authorities in the kingdom against the network and its operations," the statement said. "In spite of restriction(s) imposed on the network, Al-Jazeera will continue to cover the news and current affairs from the region and beyond (in a) balanced objective manner".

In a addition to closing the office, Saudi Arabia withdrew the channel's licence needed to broadcast.

The move came as Saudi Arabia, along with other Gulf states and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar.

Separately, beIn Sports, a subsidiary satellite network of Al-Jazeera, went offline in the United Arab Emirates, which was also among those to cut relations with Qatar.


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