What’s behind Gulf demands to shut down Al Jazeera? – Inside Story

Al Jazeera English

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


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