Egypt arrests 6 Al Jazeera journalists

2011-01-31 20:00

Dubai - The pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera says six of its journalists are in custody in Egypt after authorities ordered the closure of the network's Cairo office.

The Qatar-based network says the journalists were working for its English-language channel - a sister operation to the flagship Arabic service.

Monday's detentions come a day after Egyptian authorities shut Al Jazeera's office, complaining its round-the-clock coverage was slanted toward protesters and could encourage more unrest.

Al Jazeera denounced the closure as an attempt to muzzle open reporting. It had managed to continue coverage in Egypt with fixed-position cameras and reports by phone.

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