Al Jazeera Live website 'blocked in UAE'

Qatar-based broadcaster says studying reports but no official confirmation why
Al Jazeera Live website 'blocked in UAE'
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By Sarah Townsend
Wed 24 May 2017 01:42 PM

Qatar-based Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it was investigating reports that its digital platforms had been blocked in the UAE.

In Dubai on Wednesday morning, the Al Ajzeera Live website showed up as being blocked with a message saying, “This website is not accessible in the UAE.”

A spokesperson from Dubai’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) told Arabian Business that the authority was aware of the issue and was investigating.

The TRA is expected to issue a statement when it has completed its investigations.

A spokesperson for Al Jazeera said: “Al Jazeera is currently studying the reports in connection to our channels and digital platforms have been blocked in certain countries in the region.

“At this stage we don’t have any official confirmation and will get back to you once we have further clarification.”

Al Arabiya also reported on Wednesday that Qatari news sites – as well as Al Jazeera news channels – had been blocked in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

For example, Qatar said on Wednesday its official state news agency was hacked and that it had subsequently carried a “false statement” on sensitive regional topics attributed to the country’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

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