CIoJ urges international support for Al Jazeera

Press release
Release date: 6 July 2017

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is urging international support for Al Jazeera in the face of the demand by Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries that it should be shut down by its host country Qatar.

The world’s longest standing professional association for journalists believes the threat is yet another growing trend to make professional journalism the scapegoat in the increasing tension and conflicts developing in the region.

Institute President Mark Croucher said: “For 20 years Al Jazeera has developed an innovative and authoritative news service in Arabic and English and created three thousand journalists’ jobs.”

He added: “Its key editorial centre in London demonstrates its importance as an international news broadcasting service. It would be a devastating reverse in world media freedom were it to be shut down for political reasons.

“Governments all over the world are clamping down on the media and that is dangerous for the democracy we must all defend.”

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Notes to editors:
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have issued a thirteen point ultimatum to Qatar that includes the demand to close Al Jazeera.

They have imposed a trade embargo. It is also illegal to watch Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia.

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

 

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