The showpiece of Qatar’s efforts to gain international influence could be under threat.
…Al Jazeera’s broadcasting has caused controversy and drawn anger in various Arab states, not least in Egypt after the fall of Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring and the subsequent ousting of the elected president, Mohammed Morsi – a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
It has already been caught up in the current crisis, with its website blocked by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain in late May.
Those nations all severed ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing the country of supporting extremism. Saudi Arabia has closed Al Jazeera’s offices and withdrawn its broadcast licence, saying it promotes terrorist “plots”, supports Houthi militias that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen, and has attempted to “break the Saudi internal ranks”.
Sigh. IMHO they do good work.