Media watchdog condemns demand to shut Al Jazeera
June 23, Paris : A non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders, promoting press freedom, has condemned the demand to shut Al Jazeera network and other media outlets in Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
The Gulf states on Friday issued a 13-point list, demanding the closure of all news outlets that it funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed, Mekameleen and Middle East Eye. Head of Middle East and North Africa desk at Reporters Without Borders. Said, “We are really worried about the implication and consequences of such requirements if it will ever be implemented”.
Tim Dawson, president of the UK's National Union of Journalists, expressed his "absolute horror" in reaction to what we called a "monstrous request" and urged the Saudi government to withdraw the demands. Al Jazeera reporters have often come under fire, with Egypt imprisoning Arabic reporter Mahmoud Hussein, who has been in jail for 185 days "disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state's reputation".
The Oslo Times International News Network