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Qatari Security Forces participating in securing Paris Olympics 2024 arrive in Paris

The arrival of the Qatari security forces to the friendly French Republic has been completed. They will participate in securing the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, which will take place from Jul. 26 to Sep. 8.At the forefront of the reception at the airport was HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the French Republic Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al-Thani, and Commander of the Qatari Security Forces for the Paris 2024 Olympics Brigadier General Nawaf Majid Al Ali, alongside senior French security officials. These included Assistant Director-General of the International Security Cooperation Directorate (DCIS) Major-General Emmanuel Miglierina, Head of the Directorate of Communications and Public Relations at the French National Gendarmerie Major General Jean-Valerie Letterman, Head of Public Relations and Communications at the French National Gendarmerie Lieutenant Colonel Francois Bremand, and Security Attache for the Internal Security Forces at the Qatari Embassy in France Major Abdulrahman Al Tamimi.Al Ali said that the participation of the forces underscores the strong relationship between Qatar and France, especially in the security field. He highlighted, what HE Minister of Interior and Commander of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said, that the mission of this force is an extension of their mission in maintaining security in Qatar, and that they will continue to carry out their duties with determination and professionalism, with Qatari security expertise becoming a valuable reference in major international events.This participation reflects the strength and depth of the growing strategic partnership between Qatar and France, particularly in the security domain. It comes within the framework of an administrative agreement on security cooperation signed between the two countries last February.

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Bahrain court penalises ‘pirate’ for broadcast of beIN transmissions

In a landmark case, the Third Lower Criminal Court of the Kingdom of Bahrain has charged an individual with illegally selling and distributing Internet protocol television (IPTV) services designed to illegally intercept, pirate and rebroadcast transmissions belonging to beIN MEDIA GROUP (‘beIN’) in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).This significant ruling sets a precedent in the fight against piracy, demonstrating the legal implications of engaging in or facilitating the transmission of pirated material, which infringes on intellectual property rights, a release issued by beIN yesterday said.The court proceedings found that during 2022, the defendant knowingly sold IPTV services to customers which were specifically modified to bypass the subscription model of beIN. The defendant sold these services across three locations in Bahrain; Souq Waqif, Tubli and Saar, claiming that his company specialised in the sale of IPTV services as an “authorised distributor” of beIN.These services pirated all major football competitions broadcast on the group’s sports channels, beIN SPORTS, including the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League and La Liga, as well as beIN’s entertainment channels. The defendant also willingly helped customers who requested specific programmes and channels to illegally gain access to those transmissions. His actions were in direct violation of Articles 44/2 and 3, 45, and 111 of the Penal Law, as well as multiple sections of Law No. (6) of 2014 concerning cybercrimes.Despite the defendant’s attempt to challenge the charges, the court found the accumulated evidence against him to be overwhelming. The court decisively rejected all pleas from the defence, highlighting the clarity and gravity of the crimes committed.As a result of his actions, the defendant was fined 5,000 Bahraini Dinars ($13,266).This ruling marks significant progress in the ongoing fight against piracy. Pirate networks in the region cost broadcasters over $1bn a year, which has a direct effect on what broadcasters are able to pay for sports rights.This case also demonstrates the legal consequences of infringing on intellectual property rights. Piracy does not respect licensees’ territories; it undermines the principle of broadcast license exclusivity impacting the development and investment in leagues and clubs.beIN MEDIA GROUP is a leading independent global media group and one of the foremost sports & entertainment networks in the world.

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