Will Qatar close Al Jazeera under pressure?
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Qatar asked to shutdown Al-Jazeera

Qatar faces another setback after Arabian states asked Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera and cut off its ties with Iran, these demands have increased the already widening tension between Qatar and other Arabian states.

Al Jazeera responded to the demand by stating that anyone who wants to shut down Al Jazeera wants to silence the freedom of expression in the region. Al Jazeera has been the most popular channel of the Middle East and has a global outreach Other channels funded by Qatar including  Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and the Middle EastEye are also been asked to shut down.

However, the demands do not portray what they would do if Qatar is unable to shutdown Qatar’s foreign ministry has refused to provide any comments and a statement is supposed to be made on Friday. A time period of 10 days has been given to Qatar to do so. Qatar has earlier been alleged by the Arabian countries to have ties with terrorist’s organizations. This includes the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham. Qatar has strongly reacted against it by calling it as “unjustified” and “baseless”. The three weeks of the embargo has seen a closure of borders and airways to Qatar, as a result of which Qatar is going through a financial crunch.

News Sources- Al Jazeera, The Guardian 

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