Football body condemns ‘BeoutQ’ for illegally broadcasting Asian Cup

BeoutQ’s illegal piracy activity is not a regional issue but an international one. (Supplied)
Updated 11 January 2019
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Football body condemns ‘BeoutQ’ for illegally broadcasting Asian Cup

  • Saudi Arabia has continuously reiterated its tough stance on piracy and the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights

JEDDAH: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) condemned the pirate entity named “BeoutQ” for illegally broadcasting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE.
In a statement released on their official website Wednesday, it states: “The AFC has already instructed counsel to take legal action ... The AFC will continue to support its commercial and broadcast partners by protecting their contractual rights.”
BeoutQ first made headlines for its piracy broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in June 2018. Upon accusations from UEFA, and later in July from Wimbledon officials that BeoutQ is based in Saudi Arabia, The Saudi Ministry of Media unequivocally rejected the claim as baseless, stating that UEFA and Wimbledon were relying on the much biased “beIN Sports” as the source of these speculative allegations.
BeoutQ’s illegal piracy activity is not a regional issue but an international one, with their broadcasting boxes having been found to exist not only in the Middle East, but in North Africa and Europe as well.
More curiously though, it has also been found to be publicly broadcast in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia has continuously reiterated its tough stance on piracy and the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights. Through its Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Saudi Arabia has persistently combatted BeoutQ’s activities within the Kingdom where the Ministry of Commerce has seized thousands of set-top boxes that would otherwise be used to violate intellectual property (IP) rights.
Last year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media said that FIFA’s measures to counter piracy of broadcasting rights would “supplement the relentless efforts by the KSA Ministry of Commerce and Investment in combatting BeoutQ’s activities and beIN’s illegal broadcasting within the country.”


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.