A recent dispute among the Gulf Countries saw Qatar face isolation, as a result of a diplomatic row spurred after a massive hack was carried out targeting the state. The hacking of the state led to a series of events which caused a vicious cycle of epic proportions.
The hack targeted leading news media agency Aljazeera, infiltrating its website, Twitter handle and other social media platforms even while their pages were up and running.
The crisis in the Middle East has escalated the tension, with some countries blacklisting any media content from Qatar. That means that Al Jazeera and several other media outlets with links to Qatar have faced the ban.
Several countries have blocked all media content from Qatar, especially Al Jazeera and its related channels. The countries involved include Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
In their view, the content aired on Al Jazeera has the effect of encouraging terrorism as they broadcast what goes against their principles.
For instance, they say that the Qatar-owned channels air content that supports terrorism groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, and also support Iran.
However, it is important to note that the hack happened after the diplomatic crisis spurred, leading to the assumption that there might be some correlation between the two.
Now is a very unfortunate moment for Al Jazeera and other Qatari news outlets, as the ban may have caused them to lose quite an enormous amount of money. First of all, revenue is decreasing because advertisers are concerned with the reduced number of people their ads will be reaching.
Of the countries in the Middle East, it is expected that the majority of people who watch Al Jazeera are in fact located in Qatar. But now that the platform is banned within the Gulf States, its market share has drastically scaled down.
It is up to the nations in the Arab League to come to a consensus and sort out the matter as it is to the best interest of not just news outlets, but also the business community as a whole. Because as it is, all ties in air, land and sea have been cut until the Qatari governments denounce what the other nations believe they said about the terror groups and the United States President.
According to multiple sources, what caused the dispute are the sentiments released after the hack that purportedly implied that the Emir supported groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
Statements issued after the hack claimed that the Emir said these groups are Resistance movements and not terror groups, and this did not go down well with the country’s neighbors.
They also said he made a statement claiming that the new U.S. president, Donald Trump, will not last in office and that his term will end sooner than expected. It is this information that’s had the effect of bringing a diplomatic crisis to the region.
Further arguments suggest that if the news sites were to remain active in the other Arab League countries, then perhaps the Qatari government would attempt to use its media to spread propaganda to its neighbors within the countries that form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
And most likely, the information broadcasted will hit back and further at its neighbors for falling victim to false information.
Despite the hurdles that are facing the Al Jazeera News Network, it is ironic for the foreign minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman to claim that the matter is solely for Al Jazeera to sort on its own, yet all evidence suggests that the news company has fallen victim to the government’s woes.
The statements of the Sheikh were quotes in the news website.
It is therefore right for the Qatari Government, through its relevant authorities, to take responsibility for all the woes. Because not just Al Jazeera, but also other media outlets in the country facing the same problem, are taxpayers.
As it is, it is the executive responsibility of the government of any state to protect its citizens’ interest in all manners that run the economy.
According to a report by Forbes, some of the news outlet’s employees tweeted that there were issues logging in to the site’s emails and databases. Under normal circumstances, this has the effect of putting business to a hold until a solution is reached.
Despite this, the employees remained steadfast in doing the job, and one even mentioned it in their tweets.
As the situation currently is, the Gulf countries ought to act smoothly and find a solution to end the dispute before things get out of control.
Several governments have said that the rift is making the fight against terrorism much more complicated, and they all call upon top leaders to discuss this issue.
Countries such as the United States, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait and Pakistan are all encouraging for talks to end the dispute as it continues affecting a lot of entities.
For example, some leaders from the above countries have made foreign trips within the region whereas others have made phone calls and called for press briefings to encourage the parties to work together to end the dispute that has affected the Arab League countries.
This dispute is the worst kind the region has seen in the past three decades. Failure to solve the problem will just make it worse and more people and entities will continue to suffer the consequences.
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