UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Reports accusing UAE of monitoring journalists and individuals are categorically false

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The UAE’s foreign ministry on Thursday denied what it described as “accusations” about the UAE’s monitoring of journalists and individuals, among a number of countries named in an international investigation that it was using the Israeli Pegasus spy program.

The UAE’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “the allegations in recent press releases alleging that the UAE is one of a number of countries accused of monitoring and attacking journalists and individuals are not based on evidence and are categorically incorrect.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Saudi news agency (SPA) denied an official source that “the claim that an entity in the Kingdom has used a program to monitor communications is unfounded”.

And on Thursday, press releases indicated the intention of Morocco, the country also accused of using the “Pegasus” program, to file a defamation lawsuit in the Paris Criminal Court against the “Forbidden Stories” and Amnesty International, according to a lawyer appointed by the kingdom to file the lawsuit in a statement that AFP said was on him.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Moroccan government condemned what it deemed a “misleading and suspicious media campaign” after the investigation revealed that the kingdom had placed French President Emmanuel Macron on a special espionage list.

The Moroccan government announced its intention to “make legal and judicial efforts in Morocco and at the international level to stand up to any party seeking to exploit these false accusations”.

The French president held an extraordinary private meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on Thursday morning to discuss allegations over the Pegasus spy program.

And the prosecutor in Paris announced on Tuesday that the investigation had been launched into these allegations, stating that if proved true it would be “extremely dangerous”.

And the Washington Post reported in a report on Sunday that the phones were “on a list of more than 50,000 numbers concentrated in countries known to monitor their citizens,” and that they are customers of NSO, which uses the Pegasus network. Spyware licenses to detect terrorists and major criminals.

The survey, which was conducted with the help of Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit press organization, has identified “more than 1,000 people in more than 50 countries through research and interviews on four continents,” according to the report. newspaper. said in his report. .”.

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