The Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat) has issued a press release Thursday, June 13, 2019, stating that it has welcomed the ruling issued by the President of Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris on the “false allegations” made by Qatar’s beIN SPORTS and its France-based branch. The release was issued in response to a statement from beIN Media Group, which claimed that a French court had held that Arabsat “distributes beoutQ on its satellites” – an allegation that Arabsat has denied continuously over the last two years.
BeIN has suffered significant losses due to rampant piracy in the region, especially on the beoutq set top box, and it has alleged that Arabsat has aided in carrying these channels. All first 17 games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France have been illegally shown on beoutQ. Arabsat, however, has always maintained on various occasions that it has no links with the beoutQ box.
A statement on the Arabsat website said: “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 our organisation to the dubious beoutQ piracy.
“The French judiciary’s ruling, rejecting beIN’s lawsuit and allegations against Arabsat, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt our organisation’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 defamation attempts and misleading campaigns led by beIN, whose reputation has been tarnished by criminal investigations in France and Switzerland on charges of corruption and bribery.
“While welcoming the ruling in favor of Arabsat, we reserve the right to take legal action against beIN, its executives, and all parties involved in spreading false news regarding the Arabsat ruling.”