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Arabsat Welcomes French Tribunal’s Verdict In beIN Satellite Television Dispute

Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat. Photograph courtesy of Arabsat.

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) welcomes the Thursday, 13 June 2019, ruling issued by the President of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris on the false allegations made by Qatar’s beIN Sports and its French-based branch.

Arabsat greatly values and respects the integrity of the French judiciary, which has skillfully and professionally addressed the allegations of Qatar’s Al Jazeera subsidiary, beIN Sports. The judiciary’s ruling rejected all allegations made by beIN against Arabsat, confirming Arabsat’s valid position regarding all the accusations and defamation attempts led by Qatar’s media group, which sought to link the organization to the dubious beoutQ piracy allegations.

The French judiciary’s ruling, rejecting beIN’s lawsuit and allegations against Arabsat, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt Arabsat’s valid position from day one, despite beIN Sports’ attempts to cast doubt on that position; its media smear campaign; and its relentless attempts to push bogus and misleading claims.

The French courts’ conviction of beIN and its ruling that it pays unprecedented fines, as well as paying the prosecution costs represents justice and refutes all false accusations that Qatar’s beIN Sports group tried to pin on Arabsat to cover its technical failure to address media piracy. Arabsat hopes that the international federations will not drift behind the defamation attempts and misleading campaigns led by the beIN organization, whose reputation has been tarnished by criminal investigations in France and Switzerland on charges of corruption and bribery.

By constantly lying and distorting facts, beIN has leaked false information regarding the French court’s ruling, proving its dishonesty and lack of credibility.

While welcoming the ruling in favor of Arabsat, the company reserves the right to take legal action against beIN, its executives, and all parties involved in spreading false news regarding the Arabsat ruling.

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