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Al Jazeera says signal jammed, website blocked

By Reuters
Friday, February 18, 2011 20:07 EDT
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DUBAI (Reuters) – The Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera said on Friday its signal was being jammed on several frequencies and its website had been blocked in Libya.

Al Jazeera, whose coverage of the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa is widely watched in the Arab world, reported the jamming on its website where it offered alternative frequencies on the Arabsat, Nilesat and Hot Bird satellites.

Al Jazeera has closely followed events in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, contacting protesters and government backers by telephone and often using footage of events sent via the Internet.

Bahraini security forces fired on protesters on Friday, wounding dozens, and thousands of people demonstrated in Libya after a deadly government crackdown as pro-democracy unrest in the Middle East and North Africa turned increasingly violent.

Earlier this month, Al Jazeera complained of similar jamming and Egypt’s Nilesat cut off its signal for more than a week after the Egyptian authorities ordered the channel to stop operations in the country during the unrest that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Launched in Qatar in 1996, Al Jazeera has more than 400 reporters in over 60 countries, according to its website. It says it can reach 220 million households in more than 100 countries.

(Reporting by Firouz Sedarat; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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  • Johnny Warbucks

    Mossad did it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Israel and USA are based on lies.

  • ghostof911

    Paging Anonymous – ME division. Your services are in demand.

  • Anonymous

    If it’s blocked, they are most definitely on the right path to truth.

  • Anonymous

    Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Events are in the saddle and ride mankind, with those events reducing the most powerful man in the world to the status of a spectator.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    Sure, the Israelis really want Ghadafi duck to stay in power.

  • Guest

    The heart wants what the heart wants…exciting times for freedom lovers.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Ah ha ha…. the internet kill switch is working just as planned.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    The U.S. 5th Fleet is hovering. I’m surprised they aren’t jamming everyone’s cell-phones with Black Sabbath. I wonder if the Iranians are getting it too.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    U.S. Telecoms coordinated by the 5th fleet for radio and cell-phone jamming.

  • MothMan

    US Freedom and Democracy on display.

  • Anonymous

    hey johnny – here’s a clue for the clueless: Israel is the ONLY country in the mideast never to have expelled Al Jazeera. Sorry to disturb your anti-zionist coccoon but the real world is a complex place.

  • Anonymous

    let’s start with some of the Bahrain sites, like they did with the egyptian sites….

    time to bring down all the monarchies in the arab-moslem world, and these dictators in syria, libya and algeria too but poco a poco little by little every little bit adds up….Jazeera is doing something right if they get that reaction from these reactionary gov’ts….

  • ghostof911

    Cue the predicted response from the US.

    “Cyber attack! Cyber attack! We need the ability to shut down the internet when the bogeyman comes!”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/us-should-prepare-for-future-cyber-attacks-nsa-chief/

  • maritimer

    Really? Al Jazeera got expelled from Qatar? Explain.

    PS- Al Jazeera reporters were arrested and expelled from Israel during that delightful Israeli war on Lebanon. Can’t let anyone know about the war crimes, now.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Uh, huh? So? Do you know what that proves? Not exactly what you’re implying but that the leeches have figured out a way to use them and profit from them. The proof is that they have been heavily fined repeatedly, on July 19, 2008, on March 13, 2008 and again in February 2009, all for the crimes of being “biased” – Man! You gotta hand it to the mother fuckers, nobody can blackmail, rob and extort the way they can. And that would be the only reason why they are still permitted to pretend that they are reporting from Israel, even if they’re heavily fined, regulated and censored.

    By the way, troll, how much did you get paid by the Foreign Ministry for that post?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Osama bin Laden is attacking the Internets!

  • ghostof911

    You will not believe this, but CBS is STILL beating that worn out drum. From yesterday:

    “And it means keeping Osama bin Laden from ever realizing his dream of taking back the holy sites of Saudi Arabia.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/17/eveningnews/main20033127.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsGamecore+(GameCore%3A+CBSnews.com)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Ah, yes. They’re selling the sheeple on the reason why the US must support our strong ally in the ME no matter what. So what if a few protesters get killed with our weapons, right? We can’t let an insignificant thing like that get in the way of our oil…errr…democracy I mean.

  • ghostof911

    What puzzles me is that these broadcasters know the real story, that OBL has been dead for nearly ten years from kidney failure, and yet they have no qualms of conscience continuously spouting outrageous lies.

    I just don’t get it. I guess I could never be a broadcaster on nightly news.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Money, remember? Besides, these yoyos are not journalists, they’re actors. They get paid to read from a script. During the Egyptian Revolution, I tuned in to CNN (something I never do as I can’t stand the corporate media). So, I’m watching Anderson Cooper who, after being beaten up my Mubarak’s thugs, makes a crusade out of exposing the lies of the regime. I said to myself, “I hope when he’s done in Egypt, he tackles the USG with the same zealousy and exposes their lies” – Ha! As if he had the testicular fortitude for such a thing.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Gotta hand it to Al Jazeera…you’d never have convinced me that they’d work this hard or cover things this well and dedicatedly. I may differ from them on many points and still consider them as guilty of occasional acts of severe bias as other channels…but they’ve earned themselves some genuine brownie points this last few weeks.

    Its easy to be an Arab CNN when you’re kissing ass and making as many people happy as possible…its a lot tougher when you try to report events accurately and various governments want your complicity and silence.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    E-technology Rules, long live this new world order.

  • cannotvote

    http://twitpic.com/419nfm – there is recognition!

  • cannotvote

    Some do hint that the US’s history is a concocted box of frogs and that Israel’s will be perceived that way, if it gets past it’s first century, that is!

  • Anonymous

    It was disclosed that the CIA and Pentagon had mouthpieces in all of our media spreading the government lies. It is called operation Mockingbird.

  • ghostof911

    It was disclosed that the CIA and Pentagon HAD mouthpieces in all of our media…

    I belive you mean to say HAS.

  • ghostof911

    “As if he had the testicular fortitude for such a thing.”

    Ha,as if that could ever happen. The instant he would go off script, his plug would be pulled.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The vaunted Reuters needs to get information about Al Jazeera from its website?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Don’t know what jamming is, do you?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Let’s start with the British monarchy, that still has the power to suspend the Canadian parliament.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Osama bin Laden is dead. His CIA “double” doesn’t even look like him.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “Sheeple”? Isn’t that David Icke’s favorite term? Are you suggesting the Saudi royal family is made up of reptillians?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    No, actually, if the verb in the sentence is in the past tense, the dependent clause is also in the past tense, because the condition described existed at the time referred to by the verb. The sentence says nothing either way about whether the condition still exists. The second sentence, on the other hand, tells you that the condition still exists because the operation “IS called” Operation Mockingbird. I realize you are an American who wouldn’t know proper English if he tripped over it, but you might want to consider not shooting off your mouth about things you know nothing about, thus avoiding making yourself look like a fool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    The Revolution “May” Be Televised :-)

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Yeah, us Jews are all leeches. As opposed to you Christians/Moslems [circle one] who are fine upstanding folks who only forced other people to convert to your religion at the point of a sword. And no, I am not being paid by anyone to call out you hypocritical bastards.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    That is the bottom line, isn’t it? This is what happens when cognitive dissonance gets so far out of line with reality that it creates a state of virtual insanity.

  • ghostof911

    He’s probably been dead for close to ten years, from kidney failure. Those “videos” of his fake double that came out on 9/11 and thereafter were probably filmed in Hollywood.

    The same fake OBL is probably making a fortune now doing teevee commercials.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Libya: proof that social networking and non-violence alone can’t make a revolution.

  • ghostof911

    Whatever. I think the average Joe would get my point.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Knock off the crap about Anderson’s balls. Your interest is a little too intense. In any case, how much “testicular fortitude” do you have? You’re a macho poseur hiding behind a keyboard for Christ’s sake.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Well, don’t forget–this is the internet. Where men are men and if they aren’t, who can tell? oh fuck it. Just not the homeland of deadeyed realism…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Where else would they get it if it actually is news? You’d ask a robbery victim about a robbery, so why not ask a censored organization how they were censored? Just sayin’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    If the verb is “has” then the sentence says the condition still exists. That can be said. Q.E.D.

    It’s no wonder your ridiculous country exists today only to make the world laugh.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Exaggerate much? Libya an example that shows sometimes social networking and non-violence alone haven’t made a revolution inside a week.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    And fire the Australian Prime Minister. (November 11 1975)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Excuse me? What the fuck is your problem troll? Too many meds or not enough? And, btw, I assume you’re not just a wimp, most likely one who is sexually confused at that, hiding behind the a keyboard, right?

    Oh, the irony!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You know it. :)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Yep. You jews are the leeches. Certified and guaranteed by 3+ BILLION of my tax dollars per year. Not to mention the 8+ BILLION from the German taxpayers. And other equally asinine amounts from France, the UK and everybody else you can blackmail. Were that not enough, shall we even dare go into Wall Street, that holy-owned subsidiary of the Israeli government? How about AIPAC, that leech of the American blood line? Huh? Shall I continue or have you cock-sucking leech had enough yet?

    If anybody is a hypocritical bastard that would be you and your entire ilk of leeches. The ones that have bankrupted this country and fucked up the Middle East. The self-victimized. The ones that have made an entire multi-billion dollar industry out of a tragedy like the Holocaust which, coincidentally, was even hijacked from others that suffered as much if not more than you bastards did. Talk about hypocritical bastards! And on my tax dollar to boot!

    FUCK YOU BENGAY! AND FUCK YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER AND YOUR SISTER TOO. AND FUCK NETANYAHOO AND LIEBERMAN AND THE REST OF YOU MOTHERFUCKING BASTARDS!

    Now, go ahead and call me anti-semitic till the day you day. May that be soon! Hypocritical bastard! And leech!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Do you have any idea how ironic your trolling is? No, you don’t. That’s the problem with ignorant trolls such as yourself, you just don’t have the intelligence to appreciate the irony you create and spread.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Cognitive dissonance…muaaa haaa… This coming from someone whose race/ethnic/religion whatever it is that y’all choose to call yourselves, has engaged in the ethnic cleansing on the entire population of a country because their ‘god’ told them too – after having stolen the land from them – because 60 some years ago, another race did the same thing to them. Now, that’s what I call COGNITIVE DISSONANCE in capital letters.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Do you have a better grasp in Yiddish? Obviously, English isn’t your first language. And reading comprehension isn’t your forte.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The trolls are going to college now and learning English as a second language. How sweet!

  • ghostof911

    Heh. English as a second language. Good one.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    He he…

    Seriously, what in the world has happened to RS? It’s gone down the crapper in just one weekend.

  • ghostof911

    Don’t follow you. In what way has it gone down the crapper?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You mean to tell me that you haven’t noticed the swarm of trolls, idiots, Teabaggers, Republicans, Democraps, etc?

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    what do you suggest?…not let them in?…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Wow! Are you paying attention? We’ve been over ruuuuuuuuuuuuuun… What happened?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    What has happened to RS? Where is the swarm of trolls coming from?

    ________________________________

  • ghostof911

    Can’t reply to your last post because it’s too deeply nested. I’m not following new threads so I ‘m not noticing the trolls. If something new is going on, it might be related to that “fake persona” software that was uncovered by Anonymous in the emails of HBGary. Brad Friedman goes over it in his post today.

    According to the contract, the software would “protect the identity of government agencies” by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer.

    The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world.

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8363#more-8363

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    the tide goes in, the tide goes out…how does it happen? nobody knows!…xD

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Can you please shut the door? Please, please, please…

    I’m scared of ‘em trolls and want my mommy. ;)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    It could be that software but I also noticed that it happened when the format at RS was changed. Maybe they’re linked to something that has opened the floodgates of hell?

    There’s also the unrest in WI and OH. That’s usually when the dark forces unleashed their troll patrol on the internet. I’ve noticed a direct correlation between significant political events and the increase in trolls. This too, shall come to pass. If you go over the Ha’aretz, you’ll see the same frenzy and paranoia. The natives are, indeed, restless.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    what!?!…and only preach to the choir?…that’s no fun..if you see bullshit, call it…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, okay. I suppose I can always stand to learn a few more insults…

  • Jaimie11

    Puff-Ho closed shop and its trolls wandered over here. They gotta earn their daily bread, ya know.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    there is no “door” that can be shut anyway…

  • Jaimie11

    Hillary wants Al Quaeda back. She has plans for it or maybe she’s going to gift it back to its original owners.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/clinton-hopes-us-will-split-taliban-from-al-qaeda/

  • Jaimie11

    Besides, we can run ‘em out of town. They are so easy to dismiss.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Floodgates then? Virtual fence? Entryway? Parallel universe?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Is that what it is? That makes sense.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    ID them at the door?

  • ghostof911

    I’m sure it’s not related to the new RS format, which I feel is a nice improvement. Indeed the paid union-busting Pinkertons of the Koch Tea Party are indeed restless because the Koch brothers have a bug up their asses over the Ohio and Wisconsin protests. The sheeple are not supposed to be bleating like that.

    Must not be fun being a Zionist in Israel these days. They can’t even unwind reading their favorite fairy tale, the Old Testament, because it contains only stories of rape, mayhem, and bloodshed.

  • ghostof911

    Sorry to disappoint Lady Macbeth, but the CIA agent at Langley responsible for cranking out the al-Qaeda fairy tale has moved on to happy hunting grounds. There will be no sequel. If she needs a bogeyman, she’ll have to dream up a new one.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    It must be an unfortunate coincidence. And, yes, I do like the new format. Has more punch and makes it look more official. Yes, the masters are, indeed, displaced with the naughtiness of the serfs. Although the masters’ masters in Tel Aviv are very happy today, celebrating the green light from their colony to continue building illegal settlements unabashed and all.

    BTW, did you hear that the Russian serfs are revolting too? They want Putin gone. My, my, my…where are all these tinpot dictators, quasi royals, Zionists, etc. etc. going to go? Does that mean that the UN has dispossessed an oil and resource rich country somewhere in the ME and give it to them so they can have their own little welfare state and thrive off their victimhood complex?

  • ghostof911

    No, I did not hear about the Russian unrest, and I’m surprised to hear that. I am aware the news of the ME disturbances has not been reported in the official media, but once the genie is out of the bottle there is little that Big Brothervich can do.

    Where will all the tinpot despots go after they’re all evicted? The Bushes have a 100,000 acre spread in Paraguay where they can all build a despot paradise. But do the Bushes know the word “sharing?”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/oct/23/mainsection.tomphillips

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Ha’aretz is running one of those banners with breaking news and a sentence on Russia. I also saw in one of those banners they other day that their AG had indicted Lieberman but it didn’t say why. I never saw anything else about it. Can’t wait for that crook to go down.

    And Paraguay? Why do that to those poor people? Why can’t he put all his pals up in Texas? I mean, the whole goddamn asstate of Texas. Although that would be cruel to the poor Mexicans…

  • Jaimie11

    Mrs. Clinton isn’t above running errands – probably giving them a formal farewell for the MSM then.

  • Jaimie11

    He was blown off his pedestal there for a bit. You must be infringing on his imagined territory, talking so rudely about pretty boy’s testicles.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Don’t you love these trolls? They’re all so very infantile and get offended by the oddest of things.

  • Jaimie11

    Yes, and he, bobby burned, is one of the oddest. An authoritarian too. I’ve had run ins with him for a couple of weeks now. Very nasty man.

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