More reporters quit Qatar jobs in Brotherhood row

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At least six more journalists and commentators from Saudi Arabia and the UAE have quit their roles with Qatari media over a diplomatic row between the countries, it was reported.

It brings to eight the number of journalists who are known to have left their jobs with Qatar employers since two UAE reporters announced their resignations on Twitter on Saturday.

Saudi columnist Samar Al Mogren, who writes for Al Arab Qatari daily, tweeted on Sunday that the “Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information has decided to end the collaboration of Saudi writers with Qatari newspapers”, Saudi Gazette reported.

She said that two other Saudi writers, Saleh Al Shehi and Ahmed Bin Rashed Al Saeed, had also stopped writing for Qatari newspapers, while another writer, Muhanna Al Hubail, had received similar advise from the ministry.

On Saturday two UAE sports journalists - Fares Awad and Ali Al Kaabi – announced their resignations from Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera via social media.

The Gazette reported that Emirati football expert Sultan Rashed said he would also stop contributing to BeIn Sports, while analyst Hassan Al Jassmi said he would no longer appear on both BeIn and Alkass, another Qatari sports channel.

The three states recalled their ambassadors from Doha last week in an unprecedented split between the Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over foreign policies following the Arab Spring.

Qatar has used its increasing influence in the region to support the Muslim Brotherhood, in steep contrast to the other GCC members, which out rightly oppose the group.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

Qatar's cabinet voiced "regret and surprise" at the decision by its GCC counterparts but said Doha would not pull out its own envoys in response and that it remained committed to "the security and stability" of the GCC.

The six GCC members, including Oman and Kuwait, are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Arab Summit in Kuwait later this month to discuss the dispute, Kuwait Times reported on Sunday.

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