Saudi Arabia closes offices of Wesal TV

KSA's information minister relieved of post soon after channel's closure
Saudi Arabia closes offices of Wesal TV, News, Broadcast Business

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Saudi Arabia has closed down the offices of Wesal TV, a religious television channel accused of fomenting sectarian tension, according to a report from Reuters.

The development followed closely from an attack on Shi'ite Muslims marking a major religious anniversary, in which eight people were killed.

Wesal TV has a reputation for broadcasting programs against Shi'ite Muslims, a minority group in mainly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia.

"I have ordered the offices of Wesal channel in Riyadh closed and to ban any broadcast by it in the kingdom," Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister Abdulaziz Khoja said on his Twitter account, as reported by Reuters.

"This is essentially not a Saudi channel," he added in a message in Arabic last week.

Just one day later, on Wednesday, it emerged that Khoja was no longer information minister. State news agency SPA reported that Khoja had requested to be relieved of his post and was subsequently replaced by the minister for the haj pilgrimage.

Click here to read the full report from Reuters.
 

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