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$27,000 fine for Saudi hotels airing Al Jazeera

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Hotels in Saudi Arabia risk being fined $27,000 if they screen Qatar’s Al Jazeera, according to a new law.


In a circular issued by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), tourism accommodation facilities were warned against airing the news channel.

It warned that a $27,000 fine and the revocation of permits awaited those who do not comply.

The commission stressed the need to delete all channels affiliated with Al Jazeera from satellite receivers in hotel rooms and all tourism accommodation. The circular also stipulated the need to choose channels aligned with the official Saudi channels.


Moreover the commission demanded that satellite receivers not be present in rooms and accommodations, but rather to have a central receiver controlled by management.



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