Qatar claims against Saudi Arabia at WTO fails to get endorsement

A Qatari complaint against Saudi Arabia failed to be endorsed within World Trade Organization.

Saudi Arabia blocked a request from Qatar for a panel to hear its complaint about Riyadh's alleged failure to provide what Doha consider an “adequate protection of the intellectual property rights of Qatari-based entities.”

Qatar launched a dispute in October, accusing Saudi Arabia of blocking Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN and of not taking proper action against piracy of beIN's content by "beoutQ".

According to a Geneva trade official, any dispute settlement could not be processed during the severance of diplomatic ties between the parties.

Due to national security, any WTO panel had no power to rule in the matter and could not be turned into a venue to resolve national security disputes.

Last year the clause was activated in a dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

Representatives of the United States, Egypt and Bahrain supported Saudi Arabia's position at a WTO meeting to settle the dispute.

Previously, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Information has strongly refuted the irresponsible accusations made in an EU press release by the European Football Confederation (UEFA) regarding the beoutQ sports channel, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The Saudi Information Ministry rejected the claim as “completely incorrect.”

The Ministry understands that Beoutq’s set top boxes are available in many places, including Qatar and Eastern Europe.

Through its Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Saudi Arabia has relentlessly combated Beoutq’s activities within the country. For instance, the Ministry of Commerce has seized thousands of set-top boxes that would otherwise be used to violate intellectual property (IP) in the Kingdom. The Government of Saudi Arabia is and will remain devoted to protecting IP rights within the country.

The Ministry of nformation is informed that beIN Sports is the source of UEFA’s reckless allegation. beIN Sports is a subsidiary of the Al Jazeera Media Network.

Saudi Arabia banned Al Jazeera’s broadcasts in the Kingdom beginning in June 2017. Al Jazeera is Qatar’s principal media arm for supporting terrorism and promoting instability in the region. Al Jazeera provides a media platform for terrorists to propagate their violent message.

Saudi Arabia has also banned broadcasts by beIN Sports in the Kingdom for the same reason.

 

Offensive broadcasts

Al Jazeera’s response to the ban was to escalate its campaign of defamation against Saudi Arabia. While beIN Sports’s broadcasts, too, have long been used as vehicles for offensive anti-Saudi invective, beIN Sports has amplified its offensive propaganda during the World Cup 2018 - which is ironic because the World Cup is supposed to be a demonstration how football can bring nations together in harmony.

During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, beIN has defamed the Saudi Football Federation, insulted Saudi Arabia and its fans and have politicized the World Cup platform in violation of all rules and codes of conduct. For these reasons, Al Jazeera and its subsidiary beIN, will never broadcast in Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Information accordingly urges that responsible news organizations view the reckless press release by UEFA, as well as beIN Sports’s other unsubstantiated allegations, with suspicion.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:03 - GMT 11:03
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