31 Jan '11, 2pm

Egyptian police arrested six foreign journalists working for Al-Jazeera English news channel.

CAIRO - EGYPTIAN police on Monday arrested six foreign journalists working for Al-Jazeera English news channel at their Cairo hotel after authorities forbade them covering anti-regime protests, the channel said. The nationalities of the arrested Al-Jazeera employees are 'Australian, Portuguese and British,' an Al-Jazeera spokesman told AFP, without specifying how many of each nationality had been arrested. The arrests came after Egypt on Sunday moved to shut down Al-Jazeera's coverage of mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak's regime, but the pan-Arab broadcaster vowed that it would not be silenced. Outgoing information minister Anas al-Fikki on Sunday 'ordered the closure of all activities by Al-Jazeera in the Arab republic of Egypt and the annulment of its licences,' state media said. The press cards of all Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt were also being withdrawn, it ...

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