Saudi Ministry Of Media Welcomes Announcement By FIFA
The Saudi Ministry of Media welcomed today's announcement by FIFA that it has engaged local counsel to take legal action in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to combat the pirate entity named beoutQ, which continues its illegal piracy of 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcasts.
JEDDAH, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 12th Jul, 2018) The Saudi Ministry of Media welcomed today's announcement by FIFA that it has engaged local counsel to take legal action in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to combat the pirate entity named beoutQ, which continues its illegal piracy of 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcasts.
Doing so will supplement the relentless efforts by the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment in combatting beoutQ's activities and beIN's illegal broadcasting within the country. These efforts and others reinforce the Government of Saudi Arabia's devotion to protecting intellectual property (IP) rights within KSA, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, quoting a ministry statement.
While beoutQ's pirate broadcasts have been available in KSA, we understand that its set-top boxes are also available in, and its pirate broadcasts are targeted at, other nations in the middle East - North Africa region (MENA), including Qatar and Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, irresponsible media reports have falsely and unfairly connected KSA with beoutQ's piracy.
The Ministry of Media understands that such false and unfair connections are the work of beIN Sports, a subsidiary of the Al Jazeera Media Network (Al Jazeera) that has maliciously orchestrated a media smear campaign against KSA. beIN Sports purports to be the exclusive licensee of FIFA and other content owners for KSA and other MENA region countries. KSA banned Al Jazeera because it is Qatar's principal media arm for supporting terrorism and promoting instability in the region.
Its network provides a media platform for terrorists to propagate their violent message.
For example, beIN Sports - along with its chairman and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and FIFA former secretary general Jerome Valcke - is a subject of an ongoing criminal bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery investigation instigated by the Office of Attorney General in Switzerland.
Further, although beIN Sports claims to employ state-of-the-art anti-piracy technology, beoutQ's ability to overcome such technology with ease provides motivation for beIN Sports to seek others to blame, rather than taking responsibility for its own technological shortcomings.
KSA reiterates its calls to FIFA (and other rights holders) to distance themselves from beIN Sports and find alternative licensees for broadcasting sports in MENA. In KSA at least, Al Jazeera, beIN Sports and their affiliates will never be permitted to broadcast again.
Finally, KSA is governed by, observes and respects the rule of law. If FIFA has legitimate claims supported by reliable evidence, it can expect to receive justice at the hands of the independent courts of our nation consistent with KSA law.