Statement by GCO Director in response to Le Point Magazine accusations

2 October 2017

I was surprised and disappointed when I saw your article “L’émir du Qatar aurait fait emprisoner des membres de sa famille”, in which you take a page from the nations blockading Qatar by publishing propaganda and lies.

Your article gave credence to accusations that our government has imprisoned members of the so-called opposition on trumped up charges. This is categorically false for three reasons. First, these men are not in prison. Second, they have not said anything against the Government of the State of Qatar. Third, Qatar does not imprison individuals for expressing their opinions online or in public – the same cannot be said about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

You also reprinted false statements by Monsieur Razavi about Qatar being on the verge of implosion. The reality is that the illegal blockade of Qatar has brought our people closer together and we have seen inspiring acts of patriotism and solidarity. This was on display last week when thousands of people lined the streets of Doha to welcome HH the Emir home from the UN General Assembly.

In the future, please give your readers a more accurate and complete picture of important world events.