Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera on its app in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has requested Snapchat to block access to Al Jazeera’s content within its country. Al Jazeera’s news articles and videos now cannot be viewed on the app’s Discover feature.

Saudi Arabia told Snap Incorporated, that the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel violated local laws. Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel on Snapchat Discover had been available since May 2017.

On September 17, 2017 a Snapchat spokesperson in a statement said, “We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate.”

Saudi Arabia has one of the largest users for Snapchat nearing eight million. While Al Jazeera is a state funded media company of Qatar, which has been the subject of a boycott by many of the Gulf countries. The boycott was incidentally led by Saudi Arabia. One of the specific complaints against Qatar to justify the boycott was the use of Al Jazeera by the country.

Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the decision to remove the channel. According to Wall Street Journal, ‘the conflict is the latest example of a technology company being pinned in the crosshairs of geopolitics as it navigates censorship of content on its platforms.’

Sources: Al Jazeera, CNBC

 

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 

Qatar under pressure to shutdown Al-Jazeera

Qatar faces another setback after Arabian states asked Qatar to shutdown Al Jazeera and cut of 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 shutdown 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 have a global outreach Other channels funded by Qatar including  Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and Middle East Eye 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 embargo has seen closure of borders and airways to Qatar, as a result of which Qatar is going through a financial crunch.

Source:

Al-Jazeera, Guardian

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