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Calls to shutter Qatari media show contempt for press freedom

June 28, 2017 3:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt to drop demands that Qatari-funded media be closed as a condition for the lifting of the partial blockade they have imposed on Qatar.

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Gulf countries order Qatar to close Al-Jazeera and other outlets

June 23, 2017 2:10 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--A group of Arab countries today issued Qatar a list of demands, including that the Gulf nation close media outlets that it funds, among them the broadcasters Al-Jazeera and Arabi 21, and the websites Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. The demands are a prerequisite...

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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came the day after the United Arab Emirates used the threat...

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Jordan revokes Al-Jazeera license amid Qatar tensions

June 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2017--Jordan's Ministry of Information today revoked the license for Qatar broadcaster Al-Jazeera and said it will close the broadcaster's Jordanian office. In an announcement reported by the state-run Petra News Agency, the ministry said its actions came after "reviewing the crisis" between Qatar and neighboring...

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Danish television crew detained by Qatari authorities

May 19, 2016 5:19 PM ET

Qatari security forces on May 5, 2016, detained three journalists for the state-run Danish Broadcasting Corporation, one of the detained journalists, Niels Borchert Holm, told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Qatar detains international journalists for the second time this year

May 18, 2015 3:51 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2015--For the second time in two months, an international news crew was arrested and interrogated by Qatari security officials while they were reporting on the human rights situation in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect...

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New cybercrime law could have serious consequences for press freedom in Qatar

September 17, 2014 6:01 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Qatari government to abolish parts of a restrictive cybercrime law that passed this week, despite assurances from its prime minister last year that the legislation would not restrict freedom of expression, which is protected under the Qatari constitution....

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CPJ urges Qatar to reconsider cybercrime bill

May 30, 2013 6:14 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Hamad: We are writing to express our concern about the cybercrime bill approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, which would restrict online expression on news websites and social media. We ask you to postpone its submission to the Shura Council and consult with media, legal, and human rights representatives to ensure that its provisions do not infringe on freedom of expression.

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In UAE and Qatar, key trials go unreported as media barred

March 29, 2013 3:48 PM ET

In the past month, officials in both the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have prevented journalists from reporting on important court proceedings. But it is not too late to allow the press to cover these crucial cases....

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Two Swiss journalists barred from leaving Qatar for 13 days

April 19, 2011 2:29 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention and questioning of two sports journalists working in Qatar for the public Swiss broadcaster Radio Television Suisse (RTS). Both journalists were prevented from leaving the country for 13 days....

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