Bahrain suspends TV Channel on Broadcasting opposition figure
By: News Desk
MANAMA, Bahrain: Bahraini govt has suspended a new
Arab-language news channel after an interview conducted by the channel
with a Bahraini opposition figure.
The suspension happened on Monday a day after Al-Arab news channel,
owned by outspoken Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud, was launched in the Bahraini capital, Manama.
The unexpected suspension came just hours after Al-Arab broadcast an
interview with Khalil al-Marzooq, an aide to Sheik Ali Salman, the
detained Secretary General of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which
is Bahrain’s main opposition movement.
Citing a source familiar with the issue, Akhbar al-Khaleej newspaper
said Monday that the suspension was “related to the failure of those
in charge [in the TV] to abide by the prevailing norms in the
[Persian] Gulf, including the neutrality of media positions and
staying away from anything that could negatively impact the spirit of
[Persian] Gulf unity.”
The channel, however, blamed technical problems for the suspension,
without giving details.
Broadcast stopped for technical and administrative reasons. We will be
back soon, inshallah (God willing),” the news channel wrote on its
The channel had started broadcasting at 1300 GMT on Sunday, and its
lead story was about Japanese freelance journalist, Kenji Goto, whom
the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists claimed in a video released late on
Saturday to have decapitated.
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