Amnesty International criticized the blocking of news website in Qatar

Amnesty International раскритиковала блокировку новостного сайта в Катаре

Human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the blocking of English-language news site Doha News Qatar, according to Arabian Business.

The portal Doha News said earlier that the government of Qatar indicated to block the web site two Qatari Internet service providers.

Audience of the site, which is about a million a month, has access to a site in Qatar, however it cannot be accessed from abroad.

In a statement, the human rights defenders noted that “freedom of expression in Qatar is strictly controlled” and lock the Doha News website is an “attack on media freedom”. They also called immediately unlock the access to this portal.

According to the Qatari law on cybercrime from 2014, the authorities may ban websites that “threaten the country’s security”.