Americans urge censorship of terror content amid Qatar media row

Updated 06 August 2017

Americans urge censorship of terror content amid Qatar media row

LONDON: Most American citizens believe that the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera TV network promotes a negative image of the US abroad, with many saying it also acts as a platform for terror groups linked to Osama bin Laden, according to an Arab News/YouGov poll.
The survey of 2,263 people found a high awareness of Al Jazeera among Americans — but also a generally negative public opinion about the network.
Slightly more than half said that Al Jazeera has a negative influence on the US image abroad, the survey revealed. And a majority of those with an opinion on the matter also believe that the network gives a platform to terror groups linked to Osama bin Laden — with 44 percent agreeing with that statement, and only 18 percent saying the opposite. The rest of the US respondents — 38 percent — were unsure.
The Arab News/YouGov poll, conducted in July, was carried out to mark the 60 days since the start of the diplomatic rift between Doha and its Arab neighbors Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
At one point during the crisis, the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) called for a shutdown of Al Jazeera over its editorial guidelines, which allegedly permitted terror-related content.
Al Jazeera executives have denied such claims. Arab News contacted Al Jazeera requesting comment but did not receive a response.

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UN chief urges Yemen’s Houthis to grant access to decaying oil tanker

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UN chief urges Yemen’s Houthis to grant access to decaying oil tanker

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Yemen’s Houthis to allow an assessment team to travel to a decaying oil tanker that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil off the war-torn country’s coast.
More then a month ago Houthi officials said they would agree to allow a UN mission to conduct a technical assessment and whatever initial repairs might be feasible on the Safer tanker. But the United Nations is still waiting for formal authorization.
Guterres is “deeply concerned” about the condition of the oil tanker, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday. The United Nations has warned that the Safer could spill four times as much oil as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska.
“He specifically calls for granting independent technical experts unconditional access to the tanker to assess its condition and conduct any possible initial repairs,” Dujarric said. “This ... will provide crucial scientific evidence for next steps to be taken in order to avert catastrophe.”
The Safer tanker has been stranded off Yemen’s Red Sea oil terminal of Ras Issa for more than five years. The UN Security Council has also called on the Houthis to facilitate unconditional access as soon as possible.