Published on Jul 14, 2017
Saudi Arabia and its allies blockading Qatar appear to be backing down from their demand to shut down Al Jazeera media network.
It has been more than 40 days since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar and imposed an economic blockade.
Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE minister for the federal national council, said the Emirates sought “fundamental change and restructuring” of Al Jazeera rather than to shut it.
Al Jazeera calls it another attempt to “throttle” its independence and rejects any external intervention in its work.
But what does this apparent concession mean for the larger dispute entering its second month?
Presenter: Richelle Carey
Catherine Philp – diplomatic correspondent of the Times of London
Andreas Krieg – assistant professor at defence studies department of King’s College London
Barbara Trionfi – executive director of International Press Institute