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Al-Jazeera: controversial ‘Arab Spring’ platform

By AFP DOHA: Al-Jazeera, which on Tuesday decided not to air video of a killing spree in France, has been known from the outset for providing a platform for dissent, a reputation heightened by its coverage of the Arab Spring. And although it rose to fame for showing video messages by slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama …

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Iran jamming Al-Jazeera, says Arabsat

DUBAI: Iran is jamming broadcasts by Qatar-based news channel Al-Jazeera, satellite operator Arabsat said in a statement received on Tuesday. "Al-Jazeera is affected … from two different locations in Iran," near Tehran and near the northwestern city of Maragheh, it said, adding that the cause was located at the request of the pan-Arab news channel. …

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Police storm Al-Jazeera Mubasher headquarters for second time

CAIRO: Police stormed the new headquarters of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, the Qatari channel’s live transmission from Egypt, for the second time in one month, the channel’s Managing Editor Abdel Moneim Mahmoud told Daily News Egypt Thursday. "We presented an application to the Foreign Press Center to issue a license allowing us to broadcast independently not …

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Al-Jazeera shake-up may signal shift for Qatar Inc

DUBAI: Al-Jazeera — the island — has become less of an island. It isn’t entirely clear why Wadah Khanfar resigned as the director of the Qatari state-owned and funded network after eight years. But the quiet frenzy of speculation surrounding the departure of the man widely credited for putting the outspoken broadcaster on the map …

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Al-Jazeera director announces resignation

CAIRO: The Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel announced Tuesday that its director has stepped down after serving the network for eight years. Wadah Khanfar’s resignation follows release of documents by Wikileaks, purporting to show he had close ties with the US and agreed to remove some content in response to American objections. The leaked 2010 US …

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Al-Jazeera Egypt says hit by broadcasting ban

CAIRO: The satellite channel Al-Jazeera Egypt said on Sunday the authorities had prevented it from broadcasting, after entering its offices and confiscating transmission equipment. Ahmed Zain, the channel’s chief in Cairo, told AFP that police, officers from the culture ministry and representatives of Egypt’s public broadcaster had also seized materials and that one technician was …

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Jazeera calls on Israel to free journalist

DOHA: Al-Jazeera satellite news channel has called on Israel to release its former Kabul bureau chief ahead of the journalist’s appearance before a court on Wednesday. Samer Allawi, a Palestinian, was detained on August 10 by Israeli security officials as he tried to cross the border between Jordan and the West Bank after a family …

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Al-Jazeera says its journalists threatened

By Faisal Baatout / AFP DOHA: Al-Jazeera satellite news channel on Sunday condemned what it called a campaign of threats against its journalists because of its coverage of uprisings in the Arab world. “Al-Jazeera presenters have been the targets of a campaign of threats, with in some cases their own safety and that of family members …

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Al-Jazeera reporter detained for 7 hours in Egypt

By Maggie Hyde /AP CAIRO: The Egyptian military detained a correspondent for Al-Jazeera’s English-language news channel for seven hours in Cairo on Sunday, said the network, which has been targeted repeatedly throughout the unrest in Egypt. Ayman Mohyeldin, an American citizen, was detained near Tahrir Square, where protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak …

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Al-Jazeera appeals for social media help in Egypt

By AP DUBAI: The pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera is calling out for help from Egyptian bloggers and others after authorities closed its Cairo office amid unprecedented anti-state protests. A statement by the Qatar-based network urges Egyptians to send blog posts, eyewitness accounts and videos to expand coverage of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. Monday’s appeal …

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Al Jazeera TV makes waves with Tunisia coverage

By Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: When street protests ousted the Tunisian president, 26-year-old Egyptian Sabah first heard about it in a call from a friend who told her: “Switch on Al Jazeera.” The riots that overthrew Zein El-Abidine Ben Ali and shocked the Arab world, were swiftly caught by the Qatar-based channel. Before many …

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Kuwait closes Al-Jazeera TV office

DUBAI: Kuwaiti authorities have closed the office of the Qatar-based pan-Arab Al-Jazeera news channel over coverage of a police crackdown on a public gathering, the television said on Monday. The channel had aired extensive coverage of the police crackdown on a gathering held by the Kuwaiti opposition on Wednesday. It showed footage of police beating …

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Prosecutor extends detention of Al-Jazeera.net correspondent

CAIRO: The Sixth of October City prosecutor extended on Monday the detention of Al-Jazeera.net correspondent Badr Mohamed Badr for 15 more days pending investigation, Badr’s wife Azza Al-Garf told Daily News Egypt Wednesday. “A police truck carried my husband Badr … to the prosecution office Monday, and the prosecutor ordered that he [remain] in custody …

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