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Qatar,Aljazeera,& Terrorism

Qatar has been under fire lately due to its suspected and, many times confirmed, connections with the Islamic extremist Brotherhood which are being cemented as being the truth with each passing day. Al Jazeera Qatar’s news network has been under fire from all four Arabian Islamic states in the Gulf due to promoting extremism and aiding the extremist Brotherhood to recruit more followers. But Qatar has taken a hard stance against these claims.

“The state of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication,” a statement said. “It reveals a hidden plan to undermine the state of Qatar.”

These statements by Qatari Officials are nothing compared to the avalanche of evidence implicating them directly with terrorism and pointing the finger at them directly for causing the destruction of several Arab countries.

As of now, one year has passed since Saudi Arabia and the UAE have blocked the transport of oil and gas to Qatar through their own territory. Among the demands made by the Gulf States which have been allegedly leaked by Qatar is for the shutdown of Al Jazeera Network and its affiliates. Other demands included reducing the ties with Iran and shutting down their military base in Doha.

But why is there so much focus on the Arab TV Network?

Despite Al Jazeera making a comeback in the Western cable news network, most of the Western population Still view al-Jazeera as they were during the aftermath of 9/11.

Al Jazeera provided network coverage for the leaders of the terrorist organization which included Osama Bin Laden. This does make it likely that Al Jazeera did have ties with the terrorist organization which is why they could get in contact with Osama Bin Laden which is something even the FBI could not do.

And Apparently, they still love the guy even today!

It is true that Al Jazeera has provided extremist Muslim Brotherhood extensive airtime coverage to share their voice and convey their message to the masses. This may or may not have led to more people joining and terrorist activities. It is understandable why Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates don’t trust or view Al Jazeera in a positive light and these are just some reasons for which any news outlet should be shut down.

So what’s exactly going on?

upon it a closer look at the situations running Al Jazeera you realize their existence is more controversial for an entirely different reason. Al Jazeera started back in 1996, an era during which every news outlet is run is by the government. Al Jazeera launched as the first so-called independent news outlet that challenges the status quo by broadcasting different opinions and raised political concern among the people. “We never knew there was an opposition in Libya, we didn’t know there were Kurds in Syria– all these minority and opposition groups were given a voice.

This challenged the long-term stability establishment of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf region. some view this as Saudi Arabia using Qatar’s current situation to shut down Al Jazeera using their past.

But on the other hand, Al Jazeera is still believed to promote the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, the Islamic state & other groups that carry out terrorist activities. Al Jazeera has promoted its viewers to support armed terrorist activities as well as for garnering funds from such party’s.

Freedom of speech

“These governments are not elected, they fear anything that relaxes their grip on power, and they have the media under tight control – Al Jazeera blew that all away,” says Hugh Miles, editor of Arab Digest.org and author of “Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World.” “It is a direct existential threat to their system.”

This point of view, and others similar to it, simply do not take into account that what applies in one country does not necessarily mean it can be implemented in other countries. And the results of such experiments are obvious. Just look at Iraq!

When it comes down to it, even though Al Jazeera allows terrorist organizations to convey their voice and spread propaganda about the challenges Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates face every day, nothing major has happened to Qatar or this terrorist channel due to the leniency and patience of their neighbors. It is still a boycott and not yet a blockade since the Qataris can still get what they need on their Arabian Gulf sea harbors. Hopefully, they don’t use it to smuggle Iranian terrorists and unleash them on their people.

 

Who can really blame them for wanting this cesspool of foreign agents to be forcibly shut it down?
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Subhan Sha

Subhan Sha

An educated journalist with a thirst for truth and a lust for facts.
A tech wiz who loves gadgets and gaming.
A cool guy that has a wonderful work ethic and a passion for ingenuity.
Subhan Shahid joined the Herald Report as a columnist in 2017. He was a professional blogger for more than 7 years before becoming a part of Herald Report where he now covers Politics with a focus on domestic and international policy. As a veteran political correspondent, he provided coverage for Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign, major changes in the Gulf region and the escalating North Korea crisis.
Before joining Herald Report, Subhan spent years writing about emerging technologies, state politics, international trading, and local communities. Subhan is a Bachelors Graduate with a degree in Computer Sciences and a Minor in Political science.

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