Al Jazeera banned in Egypt for Middle East coverage of protests on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

By on Jan 30, 2011 in Current Events, International, Middle East, Politics, World Comments

Arab news channel Al-Jazeera was ordered by Egyptian authorities to close down its offices due to its coverage of street protests in Egypt. Thousands of protesters are on the streets of Cairo and other parts of Egypt as they demand the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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Al-Jazeera is a Qatar-based Arabic news network that also broadcasts in English. It has been covering the Egyptian demonstrations on a 24-hour basis since the start of the protest actions against the President Mubarak. Al-Jazeera has been considered as a forum where demonstrator use to air their views.

According to Al-Jazeera‘s official statement on Sunday, January 30, 2011, Egyptian authorities’ move to ban their network from covering the street protests is a “designed to stifle and repress” press freedom.

Reports say that Al-Jazeera is usually at odds with Middle East authorities that resulted into getting banned or restricted in covering countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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