30 Jan '11, 10am

Egypt bans Al Jazeera

CAIRO: Egypt has ordered a shutdown of Al Jazeera's operations, the official MENA news agency said Sunday, after the pan-Arab television channel gave blanket coverage to ongoing anti-government protests. Outgoing information minister Anas al-Fikki has "ordered the closure of all activities by Al Jazeera in the Arab republic of Egypt and the annulment of its licences," the news agency reported. The press credentials of all Al Jazeera employees in Egypt were also being withdrawn, it added. Satellite broadcasts by Qatar-based Al Jazeera were still being received in Cairo when the announcement was made. Reacting swiftly to the news, Al Jazeera said the shutdown -- on day six of often violent street protests against President Hosni Mubarak's regime -- was aimed at "censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people". "Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and...

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