Saudi shuts Al Jazeera channel in Qatar row

Riyadh views Al Jazeera as critical of its government

  
The logo of Al Jazeera Media Network is seen during the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, France, October 17, 2016.

The logo of Al Jazeera Media Network is seen during the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, France, October 17, 2016.

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DUBAI, June 5 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar's influential satellite channel, hours after the kingdom and other Arab powers cut ties over Doha's alleged support for Islamists and Iran.

Riyadh views Al Jazeera as critical of its government, but the outlet says it is an independent news service giving a voice to everyone in the region. The move was announced by state television.



(Reporting by Reem Shamseddine, Writing by Stephen Kalin, Editing by Angus MacSwan) ((stephen.kalin@tr.com; +971 52 322 9759; Reuters Messaging: stephen.kalin.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))