According to Human Rights Watch, closing down Qatar-linked media outlets is a violation of freedom of expression.MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Restrictions against Qatar-linked media by a number of Arab states are in violation of freedom of expression and breach international law, a prominent human rights watchdog said Wednesday. “The action closing down media outlets is a violation of freedom of expression… Authorities should repeal or amend laws that are used to criminalize peaceful expression. International law on freedom of speech prohibits the banning of peaceful criticism of governments, and crimes such as insulting the president or state authorities,” Human Rights Watch said. The watchdog specified that on May 25, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates blocked Qatari media outlets, including Al Jazeera, while Egypt … Next »
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