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U.N. rapporteur, media watchdog slam Qatar-based Al Jazeera closure demands

09:56 EDT 28 Jun 2017 | Yahoo News

U.N. rapporteur, media watchdog slam Qatar-based Al Jazeera closure demandsA United Nations expert and a media freedom watchdog on Wednesday criticized four Arab states for seeking to close Al Jazeera television in a rift with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing the state-funded Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye said the move was a blow against media pluralism in the Middle East.


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