Qatar’s crisis is about freedom of expression – IFEX

It is not only a diplomatic crisis, but a crisis for free expression in an already restrictive region. As some analysts have pointed out, the singling out of Qatar has as much to do with the country’s alleged support of terrorism as it does with neighboring countries’ desire to shutter Al Jazeera, Qatar’s flagship media organization. Al Jazeera, a comprehensive media outlet funded by the Qatari government with several international satellite television channels, websites, and online video operations, is not exactly a beacon of free expression – it rarely reports negatively on Qatar or other Gulf countries, for example – but it has stood strong in its reporting on the Arab region and much of the world, covering topics that other outlets often ignore.

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