Joint efforts ‘critical to protect media freedom’

25 July, 2017 / By Joseph Varghese, Gulf Times Several leading media experts have stressed the need for joint efforts to protect media freedom around the world. They were speaking yesterday at the plenary session of an international conference on the threats facing freedom of expression, being held in Doha which will conclude today. Organised by…

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It’s time to face reality over terrorism in the Gulf

20 July, 2017 By Stefano Stefanini, EURACTIV.com Federica Mogherini must push the Gulf states to clean up on terrorism and work towards an end to the standoff with Qatar, writes Stefano Stefanini. Stefano Stefanini is former permanent representative of Italy to NATO and diplomatic advisor to former Italian President Napolitano. This Sunday (23 July), Federica Mogherini will visit…

Opinion: Autocracy versus pluralism in the Qatar crisis

16 July, 2017 / By  Deutsche Welle Saudi Arabia has yet to present a single reasonable argument in its row with Qatar, says Kersten Knipp. Serious power interests are at stake – as is, above all, the political culture of the whole region. It’s a long way from Saudi Arabia to Europe, which sometimes makes…

Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism

14 July, 2017 / By The Tower In the latest sign of the growing rift between the Saudi-led Gulf states and Qatar, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates blasted Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday for promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s minister for foreign affairs, charged that Al-Jazeera “promoted anti-Semitic violence by…

Journalists’ body condemns Al Jazeera closure calls

5 July, 2017 / By The Peninsula Qatar Zagreb: The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) condemned the siege countries demands of closing Al Jazeera Media Network. The association supported its colleagues in regional centers of the network in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, as well as in other countries. CJA said: “Politicians should not use…

Strangulating Al-Jazeera

4 July, 2017 / By Murtaza Shibli, The News The unending siege of Qatar, which started in the middle of the holy month of Ramazan, continues unabated sans any hope for an easy and early settlement. The powerful blocs of the Gulf kingdoms have displayed scant regard the much-hyped Arab or Muslim camaraderie. They have even…