Snap removes Al Jazeera channel in Saudi Arabia

S&P also said that GCC banks’ profitability would be hit by higher credit losses in the next two years as weak economic conditions persist

The development was reported earlier by the WSJ.

The image messaging application has removed Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia. Apparently, the channel - which features news reports from the highly-respected publisher - was said to have violated local laws.

"We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate", a spokesperson said.

So, tl;dr, the law enshrines a regime of total state-control of media.

Saudi Arabia has very restrictive control on the media consumed by its population, according to human rights groups and media freedom advocates.

Al Jazeera has always been accused by the Saudis of being a tool for Qatar to stoke opposition to regional governments.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued a joint statement following the talks between the Emir of Kuwait and the USA president, where they noted that the only way to settle relations with Qatar is to fulfill Doha's 13 demands, including termination of terrorism funding and interfering in the affairs of others states.

The request to block Al Jazeera's Snapchat presence in the kingdom was made before the weekend, the company told AFP.

The current crisis, triggered by the political and economic boycott of Qatar by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, had already led to government deposit injections of US$6.9 billion in July and US$10.9 billion in June.

Speaking at the media stakeout afterwards, Mr Al Jubeir said that the United Nations did not have a role in resolving the regional crisis over Qatar's support for extremist and terror groups.

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