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Al Jazeera says signal jammed, Libya blocks website

By Reuters
Saturday, February 19, 2011 16:18 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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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    Rumour has it that the US is doing ALL blocking.

  • http://twitter.com/aipfan aipfan

    Thankfully a search for ‘Al Jazeera’ on Justin.tv shows that someone is broadcasting the channel there.

    Twitter user ‘feb19voices’ should be checked out for anyone interested in the Libya protests. As of yesterday protesters had taken over a state-run radio station, and feb19voices was putting up mp3s of English translations of some of the reports from that station.

  • http://twitter.com/aipfan aipfan

    Sorry, it’s ‘feb17voices’

  • Anonymous

    Obama and his handlers are probably taking notes, when the USA begins to rise, because of the food prices and further erosion of the economy..they have to be ready to “pull it”- like Building 7 was “pulled”.

  • Anonymous

    US corporations don’t need to block it, since it’s not broadcast. They just refuse to broadcast or carry it on cable, regardless of how many want it…

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