Adel Tayari -TDO- (TUNISIA) Press and rights positions in the world continue to reject the demand of the besieged countries of Qatar to close the Al Jazeera network of media, expressing concern at this demand, which was an attack on freedom of expression. CPJ spokeswoman Courtney Ratch said the right to access information and news was a right guaranteed by international law. "I think when we see efforts by a group of countries to prevent people from accessing news or banning websites or news channels, we all have to be very upset," she said. Stressing that the right to access and transfer information across borders, whatever it may be, is a human right guaranteed by international law.
“The Adalah” Human Rights Foundation (justice) also said that the demand of some countries to close the Al-Jazeera network is an attack on the freedom of expression enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 19. The foundation said in a statement that the “Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of building a healthy democratic society that contributes to social and economic growth," the foundation said in a statement.
For its part, the Arab Organization for Human Rights was surprised to demand the closure of the Al-Jazeera network, and considered that "an attack on all international conventions that protect the media," the Arab Organization stressed also that Al Jazeera "revealed the disadvantages of dictatorships in the Middle East - including the countries of the blockade and exposed their abusive practices against their peoples and the peoples of the region and the grave damage they have inflicted on their peoples and the rest of the Arab peoples especially in the Arab Spring countries.
Human Rights Watch considered that demanding the closure of Al-Jazeera was not a punishment for Qatar, but a punishment for millions of Arabs in the region by denying them important and fair media coverage. It is also an attempt to expand "cowardly censorship" imposed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on its citizens, "but it is doomed to fail." According to Sarah Leah Whits, director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch. In turn, the International Organization for Human Rights “AFD” expressed its surprise at the list of demands addressed to Qatar, the organization said also that These demands violate human rights instruments and many international and regional conventions and affect the sovereignty and independence of the State of Qatar.
The president of the International Federation of Journalists Philippe Leruth also stressed that the demand to close Al-Jazeera will affect the freedom of expression in the world, and he said, "The Arab world needs journalists to tell the truth" stressing that banning any media was "a terrible attempt to censor public opinion."