Today in Media Files, TV network Al Jazeera has been caught up in a Middle Eastern dispute, the Australian Financial Review's Joe Aston claims a scalp, and The Australian's media columnist gets his sums wrong.
Gulf states demand Al Jazeera be shut down. The Al Jazeera network is at the centre of a Middle Eastern dispute between Qatar and an alliance of Gulf states, which are demanding the network be shut down. The Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, issued 13 demands on Friday to end a crisis that started with accusations that Qatar helps fund terrorism. The demands included shutting down the network and other Qatari-funded media outlets, closing a Turkish military base and severing any ties with groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah.