Al-Jazeera call is “draconian” censorship, says expert

28 June 2017

An alleged call to Qatar to close down a major broadcaster in exchange for the lifting of sanctions would be a “draconian” form of “extra-territorial censorship”, a senior UN-appointed rights investigator has said.

David Kaye, who’s the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, made the comments after it was reported that the demand to shut Al-Jazeera was among a list of requirements issued to Qatar by other Gulf States and Egypt.

Such a move would be a “serious threat to media freedom”, he told Daniel Johnson.

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