Qatari lawyers have announced their plan to take legal action against the producers of the Arabic TV series “Gharabib Sood”, telecast recently on the MBC satellite channel. The show depicted Islamic State (ISIS) characters as using Qatari and Kuwaiti passports, local Arabic daily ‘Arrayah’ reported yesterday.
“We would not spare any effort to take all the necessary legal procedures to sue those producing abuse against Qatar which is part of a false and fabricated media campaign in some sections of the media that target Qatar using lies and fabricated news,” Lawyer Mubarak al-Sulaiti told the daily.
According to ‘Arrayah’, the TV series featured scenes on how the ISIS conducted their operations and recruited their followers, in addition to their ideology and abuse of others. The daily said in a scene of the programme, Qatari and Kuwaiti passports were shown to be held by some ISIS members, causing great anger in the two countries. Al-Sulaiti pointed out that the producers of the series wanted to communicate wrong messages to the viewers through such a scene, using it as a political propaganda platform.
He pointed out that a committee comprising prominent Qatari lawyers specialised in prosecuting criminals internationally has been formed to follow the case. Currently, the committee is studying and reviewing all the related legal viewpoints and international treaties and conventions related to the issue, in preparation for taking legal action. “In our case, we would focus on the issue that the producers of the TV series spent around $10mn to communicate their poisonous ideas about Qatar in one of the episodes.”
It is believed that the series was cut short and concluded prematurely, due to the unease it has caused among the viewers.
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