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    Qatar Starts New WTO Proceedings Against Saudi Arabia

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    According to Doha, Saudi Arabia has refused to initiate a case or take any effective action against pirate sports broadcaster beoutQ, while the Qatari broadcaster beIN had been blocked by Saudi authorities.

    Qatar announced the WTO proceedings against Riyadh for alleged violation of intellectual property rights.

    Qatar-backed broadcaster BeIN Sports has stated that BeoutQ, a pirate channel operating in the region, illegally distributed its coverage of the opening games from English soccer’s Premier League and France’s Ligue 1 across Saudi Arabia.

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    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in June 2017 cut diplomatic ties with Qatar — which they accused of supporting terrorists — and closed down Qatar’s land, sea and air borders with Arab neighbors.

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