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Al Jazeera: Demands to Shut Us Down a 'Siege' Against Journalism

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Al Jazeera staff work at their TV station in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Malak Harb)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 08:59 AM

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition's demand to shut down Qatar-based Al Jazeera is "nothing short of a siege against the journalistic profession," the television network's English-language managing director Giles Trendle told CGTN on Tuesday.

Trendle said the demand for the network's closure indicates a broader, more troubling trend.

Al Jazeera put up a video on its Facebook page on Monday demanding freedom of the press in response to the demand to close the network.

The ultimatum is part of a 13-point list of demands that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab sent Qatar after imposing a blockade on the country.

On Monday, the alliance extended the deadline for Qatar to respond to the demands by 48 hours to give Kuwait an opportunity to mediate the dispute.

The coalition considers Al Jazeera, the most-watched broadcaster in the Arab world, as propaganda for Islamists that undermines support for their governments, The Guardian reported.

Trendle, however, told FirstPost that the real reason is that the autocratic Arab nations do not like an independent network, saying that during the Arab Spring Al Jazeera "became the voice of the people on the streets, of their hopes and dreams. It provided a voice to the voiceless. We did not stick to the state version of events which we believe countries in the region felt threatened by."

Al Jazeera has received support from several prestigious media outlets, such as The New York Times and The Guardian.

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The Saudi Arabia-led coalition's demand to shut down Qatar-based Al Jazeera is "nothing short of a siege against the journalistic profession," the television network's English-language managing director Giles Trendle told CGTN on Tuesday.
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