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Daily: MBC, Al-Arabiya Fully Controlled by Saudi Crown Prince

Jan, 3 \NewNewss

The Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that the MBC and al-Arabiya are now being managed by Turki al-Dakhil, a journalist affiliated to bin Salman, and his deputy Nasser bin Hizzam.

The daily added that there is concern that the foreign journalists working for the MBC will be fired and replaced with the Saudi nationals.

Al-Quds al-Arabi reported that Walid al-Ibrahim, the MBC owner, has fully given over the MBC and many other properties to the Saudi officials in return for his freedom while he was kept in Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh along with other Saudi princes.

Dozens of government officials, businesspeople and royals were arrested by the Saudi government in November in a sweeping corruption probe.

Some analysts saw the arrest of high-profile figures as an attempt by bin Salman, who is also the Saudi defense minister, to consolidate his control over the security services.

Media sources revealed in November that Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in the power grab were being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors.

The group of the country’s most powerful figures were arrested in a crackdown ordered by Bin Salman as he ordered the detention of at least 11 fellow princes and hundreds of businessmen and government officials over claims of corruption.

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