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United Nations News Centre - UN rights chief decries ‘unacceptable attack’ on Al Jazeera and other media

“Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in early June. The countries last week gave Qatar 10 days to comply with a list of demands to end the diplomatic showdown, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera.

The Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) said the dispute has been ‘taken to a new level’ with the inclusion of some fundamental rights and freedoms in the list of demands.

‘To insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable,’ stated Mr. Colville [spokesperson for High Commissioner].

If Qatar were to comply, the move would ‘open a Pandora’s Box of powerful individual States or groups of States seriously undermining the right to freedom of expression and opinion in other States, as well as in their own,’ he added.

The High Commissioner reiterated his call that all five Governments solve the ongoing matter in a calm, reasonable and lawful manner that does not impact on their own human rights, or those of other countries.”

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