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Snapchat blocks access to Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Christy Curtis | 20 September, 2017, 01:33

Apparently, the channel - which features news reports from the highly-respected publisher - was said to have violated local laws.

Al Jazeera Media Network's acting Director-General Mostefa Souag denounced the move of the social media platform Snapchat following a request from Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission, to conform to the local laws.

This being the reason that the U.S. owned companies like Snapchat Inc comply, as local laws are far more restrictive here.

So, tl;dr, the law enshrines a regime of total state-control of media.

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Saudi Arabia, with its bulging youth population, is among the world's top users of social media per capita.

Al Jazeera "has been a major focus of the spat", with the bloc previously demanding that Qatar shut down the broadcaster, which it views as a mouthpiece for Islamist groups, says the Financial Times.

The current crisis, triggered by the political and economic boycott of Qatar by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, had already led to government deposit injections of US$6.9 billion in July and US$10.9 billion in June. The internet represents a limited space for freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. Several countries in the gulf region have issued sanctions and a blockade against Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorism.

Today, it was asked to block access of Qatar-based Al Jazeera content to audiences in Saudi Arabia.

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