Qatar's Al-Jazeera says battling cyber attack

As of press time, Al Jazeera's web site appears to be functioning normally and streaming its regular newscast, which mentioned the cyberattack on a ticker running underneath its reporting.

Sources at the network also confirmed the attacks to reporters, and viewers in the region said they could no longer view Al Jazeera television.

The websites and digital platforms of Al Jazeera Media Network are undergoing systematic and continual hacking attempts, the Qatar-based satellite TV channel said on Thursday on its website.

Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states which accuse it of ties to terrorism, in a row that is endangering stability in the region.

"An attempt has been made, and we are trying to battle it", said the source.

Earlier, Al Jazeera said it would maintain its editorial independence despite the regional diplomatic crisis that has isolated the small Gulf Arab state.

It was the third reported hack of Qatari organizations in the last 14 months.

The attack against Al Jazeera came a month after the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) was hacked.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the reports.

Al-Jazeera, one of the largest news organisations in the world, has always been a source of conflict between Qatar and its neighbours, who accuse the broadcaster of bias and fomenting trouble in the region.

The attack comes just days after a handful of Muslim-majority countries cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar after Saudi Arabia announced its intention to do so.

Its talk shows hosted guests who challenged the wisdom of Arab rulers and adopted the role of supporter of the dispossessed.

  • Leroy Wright