Friday, 9 June 2017

Qatari network Al Jazeera 'suffers cyber attack' after vowing to maintain independence as Arab powers accuse it of supporting Islamist militants


Al Jazeera is believed to have suffered a cyber attack after the news network vowed to maintain their independence. The site tweeted: 'Al Jazeera Media Network under cyber attack on all systems, websites & social media platforms.'
Even though the site said the attacks are 'gaining intensity and taking various forms', they say their service has 'not been compromised'.  It comes after the news network was accused of interfering in other countries' affairs through its reports and was banned by many Gulf nations. The network's acting director-general Mostefa Souag dismissed allegations of interfering on Thursday.
He said: 'All this talk about Jazeera interfering in other countries' affairs is nonsense. We don't interfere in anybody's business, we just report.'
'If we bring (in) guests who are opposing certain governments, does that mean we are interfering in the countries' business? No. Al Jazeera's editorial policy is going to continue the same regardless of what happens with this event.'
The state-funded network is at the centre of the dispute in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links on Monday with Qatar, which supplies natural gas to world markets. Diplomatic tensions emerged after Qatar was accused of financing Islamic terrorism, which the country denies.  Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives also cut ties with Qatar later.  Qatar says the moves to isolate it are endangering stability in the Gulf region.
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