Saudi Arabia (QNN)- Director of Saudi sports channels, Ghanim Al-Qahtani, has suspended Palestinian reporter, Razan Malash, preventing her from appearing on his channels after old tweets of her, in which she showed solidarity with Yemen, surfaced.
The suspension came following controversy on social media among Saudi supporters of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia, claiming that a tweet posted by the announcer was abusive towards the Kingdom.
Old tweets that date back to 2015 and 2016 by Malsh showed her solidarity with Yemen, which was being struck by the Saudis.
Malash tweeted in 2015, commenting on news about Israeli soldiers attacking medical and media teams, writing: “hell with Arabs, Muslims, and the whole world. Isn’t there dignity?! Saudi planes strike Yemenو not Israel”.
In another tweet in 2019 she wrote commenting on a news about a Saudi student threatening his female teacher to slaughter her: “They wonder where ISIS came from! Screw you! what bullshit! #SausiArabia “.
Al-Qahtani confirmed that she does not work directly with his sports channels, but through a company contracted by them.
Malash was not the first such case. In 2018, the Saudi MBC channel fired Palestinian-Jordanian anchor Ola Al-Fares, after she criticised US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
She tweeted: “Trump did not choose the time absurdly… Tonight, we condemn and tomorrow we welcome him.”