Bahrain, UAE slam Qatar for attempts to defame Saudi Arabia

A view shows buildings in Doha, Qatar, in this file photo taken on June 9, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 July 2018
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Bahrain, UAE slam Qatar for attempts to defame Saudi Arabia

  • Qatar is trying to cover up its clear technical failure to protect its sports channels against piracy
  • The NMC called for reviewing the legal status of BeIN Sports in each country

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s Ministry of Information Affairs has announced full support for the Saudi Media Ministry’s statement rejecting Qatar’s irresponsible and false allegations linking Saudi Arabia with the pirate TV channel beoutQ.
The Bahraini ministry also rejected the allegation of political intent connected to the anti-terror Arab quartet’s dispute with Qatar.
The ministry asserted its understanding of the reasons behind the Saudi ban on BeIN Sport, a subsidiary of Al Jazeera Media Network, owing to the involvement of the Qatari channels in supporting terrorism and extremism, as well as promoting sedition, hatred and extremism in the region.
Moreover, the Bahraini ministry condemned the propaganda campaign against Saudi Arabia and the deviation of BeIN Sport from its discourse during the broadcasting of football’s 2018 World Cup with the aim of defaming Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
The ministry called for a review of the legal status of BeIN Sport channels in all countries, and stressed its backing of the Saudi measures taken in this regard.
The National Media Council (NMC) in the UAE has also commended the frequent and effective measures taken by Saudi Arabia to fight piracy and protect intellectual property (IP) rights.
“The NMC appreciates relentless efforts being exerted by the Saudi Ministry of Media in fighting media piracy by a pirate entity named ‘beoutQ,’ as part of the Saudi government’s commitment to protecting IP rights,” said the NMC in a statement.
“Qatar is trying to cover up its clear technical failure to protect its sports channels against piracy,” the statement noted.
The NMC also condemned Qatar’s attempts to involve BeIN Sports in politics, which have been closely monitored and observed through its programs, which targeted not only the Saudi Arabia, but also a number of Arab countries.
Concluding its statement, the NMC called for reviewing the legal status of BeIN Sports in each country in light of these repeated involvements of sports in politics, especially during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.