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Saudi, Emirati journalists quit Qatar jobs

Doha, March 10, 2014

Some Saudi and Emirati journalists have resigned from their positions at major media organisations in Qatar, according to an Arab news report.

It said they left their Qatari jobs following a row sparked by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrawing their ambassadors from Doha, which they accused of meddling in their internal affairs.

Saudi columnist Samar Al-Muqrin, who writes for Al-Arab Qatari daily, tweeted on Sunday that the “Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information has decided to end the collaboration of Saudi writers with Qatari newspapers.”

She said that two other Saudi writers had also stopped writing for Qatari newspapers based on the ministry’s orders.

Meanwhile, Emirati commentators and analysts announced they had quit BeIn Sports, which exclusively broadcasts matches from the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga to millions of football fans across the Middle East, the report said.

Ali Saeed Al-Kaabi and Fares Awad announced on Twitter Saturday their resignation from BeIn, it said.

Emirati football pundit Sultan Rashed said he would stop contributing to BeIn, while analyst Hassan Al-Jassmi said he would no longer appear on both BeIn and Alkass, another Qatari sports channel.

Meanwhile, a Saudi Information Ministry source denied reports that it had closed down Al-Jazeera channel’s offices in the kingdom.




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