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Now, Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Now, Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

This being the reason that the USA owned companies like Snapchat Inc comply, as local laws are far more restrictive here. Apparently, the channel - which features news reports from the highly-respected publisher - was said to have violated local laws.

Global image messaging service Snapchat has scrubbed Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the company said on Monday.

So, tl;dr, the law enshrines a regime of total state-control of media. The Internet is the only space where freely-reported information and views can circulate, albeit at great risk to its citizen journalists. The cease in relations came after Qatar was accused of supporting radical Islamist groups earlier this summer.

The wider political context here is a regional power struggle, with Saudi and its Gulf allies seeking to maintain the political status quo and viewing Qatari as a destabilizing risk.

Al-Jazeera has claimed that the move is a "direct attack on freedom of expression" and it must be looking nervously at its content on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter which remains available in Saudi Arabia.

On June 5, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing Qatar of keeping close ties with terrorists.

Speaking at the media stakeout afterwards, Mr Al Jubeir said that the United Nations did not have a role in resolving the regional crisis over Qatar's support for extremist and terror groups.

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