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Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial for ‘airing false news’

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday referred to trial 20 journalists working with Al-Jazeera television network, including four foreigners accused of "airing false news." The 16 Egyptians have been charged with belonging to a "terrorist organisation ...……

Document: NSA urged officials to justify surveillance by mentioning 9/11 in sound bites

The National Security Agency apparently ripped a page from Rudy Giuliani’s campaign playbook and told its officials to cite the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as justification for mass surveillance activities. Al Jazeera obtained a document through a Freedom of Information Act request that showed talking points and suggested statements…

Al-Jazeera accuses Egypt of jamming signal

Qatari-owned news channel Al-Jazeera has accused Egyptian authorities of jamming the network’s satellite signals, as the broadcaster kept up its critical coverage of Cairo’s crackdown on Islamists. “Independent experts” used by Al-Jazeera have determined where the jamming was coming from, the network said on its website late on Tuesday. The…

Egyptian court orders Al Jazeera and other news outlets to close down

A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order. The closure comes a day after…

Forensic anthropologists seek clues in 50 unmarked graves on segregated reform school campus in Florida

A century-old Florida state school for troubled boys, Dozier Reform School, is now the site of a forensic investigation after more than 50 bodies were discovered, some in unmarked graves, next to a garbage dump on the side of campus where the African-American students were housed. The University of South…

Media critic: Al Jazeera appealing because it’s not identified with corporate interests

The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera is an important contributor to the political landscape of the United States, according to the media critic for The Baltimore Sun. “We have had a narrowing of the conversation about democracy, especially on television,” David Zurawik said Sunday on CNN. “Throughout the media, we’ve…

Fox News analyst suggests Al Jazeera supports ‘killing Americans and so on’

Fox News analyst Jim Pinkerton suggested on Monday that Al Jazeera’s new American television network might have an editorial policy that was supportive of “killing Americans and so on” because he said that was what most Arabs wanted. In preparation for Al Jazeera America’s Aug. 20 launch, Fox News host…

Al-Jazeera set to tackle U.S. market with ‘long-form reporting of stories’ ignored by mainstream media

With a cast of TV news stars, deep pockets and an ambitious agenda, Al-Jazeera launches its US news channel on Tuesday, aiming to shake up the broadcast journalism market stateside. The US cable channel will reach more than 40 million households and vastly expands the footprint of the Qatar-based media…

Al Jazeera America to launch August 20

The US news channel of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera will be launched August 20, the group said Monday as it unveiled its top executive team. Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director for international operations, has been named interim chief executive officer of Al-Jazeera America, and ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian has been named…

Soledad O’Brien to anchor Al Jazeera primetime program

Former CNN’s Starting Point host will be special correspondent for AJA’s primetime news program America Tonight Soledad O’Brien, the former CNN anchor known for bulldozing Republican surrogates in fact-checking interviews during the 2012 election cycle, is joining Al-Jazeera America as a special correspondent for the channel’s planned primetime news program,…

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