NMC lauds Saudi efforts to fight piracy, protect IP rights

Fri 13-07-2018 01:06 AM

ABU DHABI, 12th July, 2018 (WAM) -- The National Media Council, NMC, has commended frequent, effective measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to fight piracy and protect intellectual property (IP) rights, and affirmed its rejection of any kind of piracy or illegal broadcast that breaches national laws and regulations.

''The NMC appreciates relentless efforts being exerted by the Saudi Ministry of Media in fighting media piracy by a pirate entity named ‘beoutQ’, as part of Saudi government's commitment to protecting IP rights,'' said the NMC in a statement on Thursday.

The NMC censured Qatar's attempts to drag the KSA into this issue, attributing Doha's conduct to political motives due to its row with the anti-terror quartet: UAE, KSA, Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt.

''Qatar is trying to cover its clear technical failure of protecting its sports channels against piracy,'' the statement noted.

''The NMC understands the reasons that prompted the KSA to ban the beIN Sports, a subsidiary of Al Jazeera Media Network (Al Jazeera), from broadcast on its territories because it provides a media platform to terrorists to propagate their message and promote terrorism,'' the statement added.

Concluding its statement, the NMC condemned Qatar's attempts to involve the beIN Sports into politics, which has been closely monitored and observed through its programmes, which not only targeted the KSA, but also a number of Arab countries.

WAM/Tariq alfaham

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