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Egyptian authorities raid and close one of Al Jazeera's offices in Cairo

Aljazeera Mubasher Misr offices suddenly stopped broadcasting when they were raided by Egyptian national security police as part of an overall operation against 16 news channels

Dina Samak , Sunday 11 Sep 2011
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National security police raided Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr office in Cairo early Sunday afternoon, according to sources inside the office.

Al Jazeera journalists - which rent the office, equipment and studio in Giza - say that they did not receive any legal notice from the ministry of information.

According to Mahmoud Abdel Moniem, the channel's news editor, the authorities have arrested a member of the channel's technical team and are questioning those in charge of both Al Jazeera team and the service provider whom they rent from.

The channel stopped broadcasting immediately.

Media reports mentioned that the government has started an inspection operation on the legal accreditation of 16 TV news channels that started functioning in Egypt after the ouster of president Mubarak in February.

Sources close to Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr admitted to Ahram Online that, indeed, the channel has been working without any accreditation throughout the past seven months, but, then again, when they tried to get the required permits they didn't receive an answer.

The minister of information announced last week that the government will suspend issuing new licenses to satellite television stations and that the Cabinet will start legal procedures to review licenses it issued to any satellite television network that "incites violence and protests."

Aljazeera Mubasher Misr broadcasted - live - most of the major protests that Egypt wittnessed since the ouster of Mubarak.

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Christine Boisvert
12-09-2011 05:21am
Inciting violence?
Dear Editor, I am sorry to complain but when an israeli blogger posts on Al Jazeera; 'it's time for Outrigtht Genocide, the only solution for the Palestinian problem to rid the Middle East from the pest that is the Palestinian...(...) stating that all the other Arb countrys would be free of that'problems' I beg to Know what is to 'incite protest and violence' Means. Would Egypt accept their children to be abducted in the middle out of their beds by Israeli soldiers soldiers, their homes demolished, Olive trees 1000 years in the same family burned, do you see what your peace treaty with Israel had done the this once great people? Even the Knesset belonged to a Palestinian family, the grand-son lives in Montreal-Canada, stil owns the deed of his family proprtie. What were the benefices and the resuls Saddate peace treaty with Israel? Are they somyvh smrter tha you? Beside interest and $$$ to corrupt polititians. The people have a heart not the Politicians. How are they not ashamed to tur
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