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Egypt police raid Cairo office of Iranian Al-Alam news channel

Police reportedly raid, shut down Iranian Al-Alam channel's Cairo office for broadcasting without license; Office manager reportedly arrested, equipment confiscated

Ahram Online, Sunday 13 May 2012
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Egyptian police raided and shut down the Cairo office of Iranian satellite news channel Al-Alam on Sunday for reportedly operating without a license, according to channel officials.

A reporter for the network said that police had also arrested the network's office manager and confiscated most of the office's broadcasting equipment.

The channel, which has operated in Cairo since February of last year, has stated on its website that, despite operating with the full knowledge of Egyptian authorities, formal requests for an official license have been repeatedly ignored.

Al-Alam first launched in 2003, targeting Arab audiences with its Arabic-language broadcasts.

Last September, Egyptian security forces raided the Cairo offices of Al Jazeera Mubasher – an affiliate of Qatar-based satellite news channel Al Jazeera – located in Cairo’s Agouza district.

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