Al Jazeera banned in Egypt

2011-01-31 09:05

Cairo - Egypt's outgoing information minister has ordered the closure of pan-Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera, the official MENA news agency said on Sunday, after it gave blanket coverage to days of anti-government riots.

Anas al-Fikki has "ordered the closure of all activities by Al Jazeera in the Arab republic of Egypt, and the annulment of its licences, as well as withdrawing the press cards to all its employees as of (Sunday)," MENA said.

Al Jazeera was still broadcasting when the announcement was made.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-01-31 09:49

    Maybe we should ban the Star in South Africa

  • Halfwise - 2011-01-31 11:04

    In SA we should ban Die Burger newspaper....

  • HeyApple - 2011-01-31 11:22

    This action clearly shows that Egypt is in need of a change of government. Any government that tries to censor or silence it's media is busy destroying democracy. I'm looking in YOUR direction Jacob Zuma!

  • HeyApple - 2011-01-31 11:47

    Silencing or Censoring the media is bad mkay! Any government that goes this route is clearly corrupt and breaking down democracy and should be replaced as soon as possible. I'm looking in YOUR direction Jacob Zuma!

  • Ibo - 2011-01-31 13:21

    The bizarre and hypocrisy is the ways the west in general particularly the US is dealing with the tyrant President who still to be taught what is mean media freedom. and yet the same blind-racist west making big noise on Mugabe, why???. - 2011-01-31 13:39

      @ lbo stop looking around the world and start looking on your doorstep. what do u think the anc is doing wake up

      Ibo - 2011-01-31 16:19

      @ant177: What the ANC did to you untaught ungrateful bigot, what they did wrong to you? The ANC introduced you to democracy something which even the almighty Government of American could not pronounce the word on the Egyptians and tell their puppet to apply. Your European thugs mugged South Africa for over 300 years and yet they could not create a system which is near fair for all. The ANC allowed you and many die burger keep talking nonsense here while in your Europe in countries like the UK or France if minorities like the Pakistanis in England or the Arabs or Africans in France try like what you are doing in South Africa sarkozy could shut them down and deport them to their origins. The ANC wrote one of the best constitutions in the world you ungrateful whites who forgot what you did to the Africans just yesterday.

      semaj - 2011-01-31 17:40

      sigh, same old claptrap Ibo, get a life and try to give some credit where it is due, people with your biased outlook sour this debating space. When last did you hear of a man decapitating a young person and putting his head in a freezer for, presumably, medicinal purposes. Some democracy is it not, when one can carry on with barbaric customs regardless.

      semaj - 2011-01-31 18:10

      Ibo, somehow I think you are a reborn Nigerian of the Igbo persuasion, who have a simply great constitution, to quote "The funeral ceremonies and burials of the Igbo people are extremely complex, the most elaborate of all being the funeral of a chief. However, there are several kinds of deaths that are considered shameful, and in these circumstances no burial is provided at all. Women who die in labour, children who die before they have no teeth, those who commit suicide and those who die in the sacred month – for these people their funeral ceremony consists of being thrown into a bush. Their religious beliefs also led the Igbo to kill those that might be considered shameful to the tribe. Single births were regarded as typically human, multiple births as typical of the animal world. So twins were regarded as less than humans and put to death (as were animals produced at single births). Children who were born with teeth (or whose upper teeth came first), babies born feet first, boys with only one testicle, and lepers, were all killed and their bodies thrown away in secrecy." Would you like more revelations of African "constitutions"?

      Wonderboy - 2011-01-31 18:14

      Ibo I totally think you have it wrong. The US and most western countries are making pressure on Mubarak to to change peacefully. Yes the US has been giving aid to Egypt but also to most countries in the world. The US is trying to help people who are suppressed all over the world and that is why it is applying pressure on Mugabe personally and not on the country.

      Ibo - 2011-01-31 18:19

      @semal: You are not the one to tell me that and you should educate yourself before tell me this. And certainly that is not the thing. Did you forget the German man who was found killed his so-called lover and chopped him, frizzed him and cooked his flash and ate all of his body few years ago? Did you not follow an American last month was found with over 70 bodies in a freeze? Didn’t you follow few weeks ago the French woman who killed 6 of his children and buried them in her yard? Many times include May last year, an Englishman was charged for killing three women prostitutes. The thing was so appalling because this man was studding PHD on criminal justice in the UK, so who to tell me about killings?

      Ibo - 2011-01-31 20:47

      @semaj: I am not Nigerian and all of what you said here it’s my first time I hear that. However, I like the say which said: oh you who lives in a glasshouse don’t throw stones.

  • Neo - 2011-01-31 13:58

    and the USA still support this guy??? Eish, talk about double standards...

      Wonderboy - 2011-01-31 18:16

      The USA is applying pressure to this guy, as you call him. Maybe one should also look at other news channels to get a broader picture.

      Ibo - 2011-01-31 19:11

      wonderboy: I am not thinking but sure that you the one who totally got it wrong, or basically ignorance on what is going on. First of all bless to the wikileaks cables which showed us how widen of the different between what we normally been told in public and what is really going on behind closed doors. I just finished following the UK parliament and their calculated vocabularies were used. Second even on the shameful election last month in Egypt but countries like the US never said a word. In this current event the US dragged its fetes so much to have a word on it and when they had to talk they had to make sure that they play both sides. You saw this style also on the Tunisian days. Not only that but you can Google “Obama say the “D”word” by Mark Levine. And see how Obama tried everything in his power to not use that words he campaigned so much on it. Not country in the west yet called for the departure of Mubarak as they normally calls for others like Mugabe and the president of Iran. Even the western media we don’t see them how we saw them on the Iran days manifestations.

  • bosegoos - 2011-01-31 14:45

    Banning Al Jazeera did not help the 'outgoing' Minister of Information nuch. He was still axed.

  • pages:
  • 1