Arab Regimes Finally Agree On Something!

…and they want more censorship.

At a meeting in Cairo called by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, a charter was adopted allowing authorities to withdraw permits from offending channels. The only country to refuse to endorse the charter was Qatar, the home of leading satellite station al-Jazeera.

Correspondents say the satellite channels have thrived on controversy. The often privately financed stations give airtime to government critics and viewers, and discuss issues which state channels would never dare approach, says the BBC’s Heba Saleh in Cairo.

Qatar’s reservations, according to the BBC reporter, were more ‘legal’ than ‘political’ in nature.


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