A demand by a group of Arab countries to close Al Jazeera Media Network is "wrong", "ridiculous" and "must be resisted", The Guardian newspaper has said in an editorial, joining a growing chorus of voices raising concerns about suppresion of press freedom in the Gulf.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt reportedly gave Qatar 10 days to comply with 13 demands to end a major diplomatic crisisin the Gulf, insisting, among others, that Doha shut down Al Jazeera, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.
By attacking Doha-based Al Jazeera, "Qatar's neighbours want to gag media that raises questions about the way these nations are run," the respected British newspaper said in a piece titled, "The Guardian view on Al Jazeera: muzzling journalism". Al Jazeera was a key source of news as the Arab Spring rolled across the Middle East in 2011, "infuriating many Arab leaders" who "no doubt wished it would be taken off air, permanently", The Guardian wrote.
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