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Al Jazeera journalists take a Saudi threat to attack them seriously

By Gwynne Dyer      

In mid-June, high-ranking Saudi journalist Khaled al-Matrafi claimed that Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, was 'a legitimate and logical target' for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition that has been bombing the living daylights out of Yemen for the past four years. Twitter took down al-Matrafi’s tweet after a day, but Al Arabiya is often used to convey official Saudi threats.

The Al Jazeera office, pictured, in Doha, Qatar. Its management has been taking out full-page paid ads in leading world newspapers (e.g. The New York Times on June 23 and The Guardian on June 29) pointing out that they now face a 'credible death threat' from Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, they’re right. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikipedia

LONDON, U.K.—Killing journalists is no big deal. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do,” said Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin, the one international leader that he never criticizes or condemns. They were joking together at the G20 Summit meeting in Japan on June 28, and Putin replied: “We also have. It’s the same.”

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