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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied, on Thursday, what it described as “allegations” about the UAE’s monitoring of journalists and individuals, among a number of countries, whose name was mentioned in an international investigation that it used the Israeli Pegasus spy program.

The UAE Foreign Ministry said, in a statement, that “the allegations made in recent press reports claiming that the UAE is among a number of countries allegedly accused of monitoring and targeting journalists and individuals, are not based on evidence and are categorically false.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) denied an official source as saying that “the claim that an entity in the Kingdom used a program to follow up communications is unfounded.”

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

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

The Moroccan government announced its intention “to take the legal and judicial effort in Morocco and at the international level, to stand up to any party that seeks to exploit these false allegations.”

The French president held an extraordinary private meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday morning, to discuss the allegations about the Pegasus spyware program.

And the Public Prosecutor in Paris announced, on Tuesday, that it had launched investigations into these allegations, stating that if they were proven true, it would be “extremely dangerous.”

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

The investigation, which was carried out with the help of Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based non-profit press organization, has “identified more than 1,000 people in more than 50 countries through research and interviews on four continents,” the newspaper said in its report. .”.

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