MENA anti-piracy coalition closes 18 illegal channels

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect the future of television and digital broadcasting, the MENA Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has announced the closure of more pirate television channels that have been broadcasting content illegally during its annual meeting, held in Dubai this year. With a view to address all forms of piracy, including illegal internet content, this meeting included representatives from broadcasting and satellite sectors in the region, as well as the from production, distribution and media content industries.
Furthermore, the MENA Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition also announced new members with the AAA (American Anti-Piracy Alliance); BeIN; Es’hailsat; Front Row; Muso; My HD and TMG, who will join forces in the fight against piracy.

During this year’s event, members of the coalition discussed new information and statistics, as well as focused on the development of plans, methodologies and a strategy for its next phase of work, which includes assessing the scale of piracy operations in both broadcast and digital, and highlighting and identifying more illegal channels and websites.

With regards to digital content, the coalition discussed the challenges of internet piracy, revealing that 2.71 billion downloads of pirated content has been made in the past year alone. Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group, said, “Since its last meeting, the coalition has stopped 18 television channels broadcasting pirated Arabic content and four channels broadcasting Western content.”

Barnett added, “Content piracy in the Middle East takes money away from the legitimate producers and broadcasters and transfers it to organised criminals. This is hugely destructive to our sector and a constraint on growth. We believe much more can be done to stop this blight with cooperation across all honest players and regulators.”