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Egypt: al Jazeera ‘National Threat,’ Bans Channel, Arrests Journalists

Egypt banned the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Al Jazeera affiliate in Egypt and arrested journalists and former politicians. In response, the Muslim Brotherhood called for increased street protests for Friday, August 30.
The Egyptian government banned the al-Jazeera affiliate in Egypt, arrested four of its journalists

The Egyptian government banned the al-Jazeera affiliate in Egypt, arrested four of its journalists
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Egyptian ministers announced that al Jazeera’s channel in Egypt is a national threat.  They have banned the affiliate and arrested four of its journalists.

In their statement, the Egyptian ministers of investment, telecommunications and information accused al Jazeera Mubashir Misr of spreading lies and rumors damaging to Egyptian national security and unity.

The statement read: “Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr does not have a legal basis for its presence in Egypt, and it has been shown that it does not possess any of the licenses and permits that it requires to conduct its operations on Egyptian territory.”

The Egyptian government took this step the day after Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr broadcast a message from the Muslim Brotherhood’s spokesman Mohamed El-Beltagy.

Beltagy, speaking from an undisclosed location, criticized the interim Egyptian government. The Brotherhood’s spokesman also emphatically denied that his organization is a terrorist organization.

While it may be fine for an American politician from the Republican party to go on the air and criticize U.S. President Barack Obama, things don’t go down quite the same way in Egypt, or, for that matter, in any Muslim country in the Middle East.

Although they cannot actually block al Jazeera from its communications satellite, Egypt’s ministers of investment, telecommunications and information issued a public statement banning the channel for using satellite transmitters without an official license.

In addition to making the announcement banning the Qatari channel, the offices of Al Jazeera’s Mubashir Misr were raided and four of its journalists were arrested. Correspondent Wayne Hay, cameraman Adil Bradlow and producers Russ Finn and Baher Mohammed were detained on Tuesday, the network said on Thursday, calling the arrests “a campaign against al Jazeera in particular,” the Guardian reported.

In addition to the detention of the al Jazeera journalists, Egyptian officers also located and arrested Mohamed el-Beltagy, as well as the  former Labor minister Khaled al-Azhari.

The arrests, in turn, prompted the Muslim Brotherhood to ramp up calls for nationwide protests against Egypt’s military-backed government. The Egyptian government immediately responded to the call by warning that live ammunition would be used against protesters who attack public institutions.

Friday will be another day of violence in Egypt.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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31 Responses to “Egypt: al Jazeera ‘National Threat,’ Bans Channel, Arrests Journalists”

  1. Charna Carole Ball says:

    they are SMART!!

  2. Charna Carole Ball says:

    only we are morons and welcome them….

  3. only we are morons and welcome them….

  4. I wish the world could be made to understand WHY the Brotherhood, and its advocates, are such a tremendous threat to the world. One of their biggest sympathizers actually made it clear: they love democracy when they win: but for the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends, democracy is like a streetcar, that you ride til you reach your stop and then you get off.

    The Egyptians know this and so are not fooled. Americans, including the President of the United States, either don't know it or don't care that it's so.

    Either way, thank yo for this article, and please let's have more or the same.

  5. Zion Navin Nalele Mali says:

    Al Jazeera is a vehicle for extremism, a tool of such groups and Hamas and all others. It should be banned.

  6. Al Jazeera is a vehicle for extremism, a tool of such groups and Hamas and all others. It should be banned.

  7. Al Jazeera is a vehicle for extremism, a tool of such groups and Hamas and all others. It should be banned.

  8. bellatrikslaroo says:

    JCCWatch LoriLMarcus I’ll give them about a day b4 they blame that on ISRAEL also!!!

  9. Norma Fares says:

    Banned in Egypt; allowed in US?! How pathetic.

  10. QuomodoFietIstu says:

    JCCWatch WashingtonDCTea LoriLMarcus obviously

  11. Diane Kroh says:

    Good. That is the start. Can we send the MB to another planet so that they can just kill each other?

  12. Diane Kroh says:

    Good. That is the start. Can we send the MB to another planet so that they can just kill each other?

  13. EliyahuBenAbraham says:

    of course, if Israel banned al-J that vilifies Jews and Israel day and night. all the civil rights crocodiles would come out of their holes weeping real tears.

  14. Norma, I was thinking the same thing.Disgusting.

  15. Only ever listen to Al Jazeera to see how much propaganda is being spouted, tonnes in fact, and the BBC has something to do with it. What does this say about the UK, over run by Muslims and Sharia Law evident in five major UK cities. Cameron the woos does nothing about it, now Ireland has authorized a €40,000.000. Arab complex in Northern Dublin. In her PM's wisdom to alleviate the scores of unemployed Builders! Many Irish are against it.

  16. vivgolda says:

    Only ever listen to Al Jazeera to see how much propaganda is being
    spouted, tonnes in fact, and the BBC has something to do with it. What
    does this say about the UK, over run by Muslims and Sharia Law evident
    in five major UK cities. Cameron the woos does nothing about it, now
    Ireland has authorized a €40,000.000. Arab complex in Northern Dublin.
    In her PM’s wisdom to alleviate the scores of unemployed Builders! Many
    Irish are against it.

  17. Tim Upham says:

    I like Al Jazeera, but apparently Gaza and Egypt do not. What do they have to hide from Al Jazeera?

  18. Which are the 5? Birmingham, London, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield? Plus Glasgow, Liverpool, Blackburn, Bury, Burnley, Oldham, Bradford (ouch!!!) Leicester, Nottingham, Bristol, Luton and a hundred others…

  19. Yechiel Baum says:

    I wonder what Egypt will do if they send Al Gore who works for Al jezerra. WIll they allow him to interview and then distort the news as he is a traitor to the USa and mankind. As former Vice President of the USA, Al Gore, did he get new citizenship to Qatar as Obama is an illegal alien from Africa and Indonesia?
    Is this a moslem conspiracy the we American are so nieve and afraid to respond?

  20. The US is a free country. Keep that in mind.

  21. The Guardian says:

    Al Jazeera is not a news organization. It is the political media outlet of Qatar, a foreign enemy, that seeks the overthrow of America and western civilization. It should not be entitled to any of the protections of a true, free and independent media organization. Shut it down. It has no place in America.

  22. The UK do have a serious problem with radical Islam. As already stated 4 Irish passport holders are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently detained in Egypt. Indeed there are more than five cities in the UK with muslim rebels and a number of mosques are linked to Afghanistan, Gaza, Judah & Samaria, Pakistan. Fighting with the Taliban are 500 hundred Scandinavians and Europeans. Don't recall Al Jazeera reporting this information.

  23. The UK do have a serious problem with radical Islam. As already stated 4 Irish passport holders are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently detained in Egypt. Indeed there are more than five cities in the UK with muslim rebels and a number of mosques are linked to Afghanistan, Gaza, Judah & Samaria, Pakistan. Fighting with the Taliban are 500 hundred Scandinavians and Europeans. Don't recall Al Jazeera reporting this information.

  24. The UK do have a serious problem with radical Islam. As already stated 4 Irish passport holders are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently detained in Egypt. Indeed there are more than five cities in the UK with muslim rebels and a number of mosques are linked to Afghanistan, Gaza, Judah & Samaria, Pakistan. Fighting with the Taliban are 500 hundred Scandinavians and Europeans. Don't recall Al Jazeera reporting this information.

  25. vivgolda says:

    The UK do have a serious problem with radical Islam. As already stated 4
    Irish passport holders are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently
    detained in Egypt. Indeed there are more than five cities in the UK
    with muslim rebels and a number of mosques are linked to Afghanistan,
    Gaza, Judah & Samaria, Pakistan. Fighting with the Taliban are 500
    hundred Scandinavians and Europeans. Don’t recall Al Jazeera reporting
    this information.

  26. TabithaKorol says:

    We’re no longer a free country if our media can’t show certain news or say certain words and if the FBI had to have its manual purged and if the new  common core textbooks are teaching our children lies and revisionist history.  And If we’re a free country, does it mean we absolutely must allow those to harm us continue on their mission?  Think of these quotes: 1) Liberals are people who side with those who want to kill them; 2) Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent; 3) When the ostrich puts his head in the sand, his tail feathers wind up in a hat; 4) If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more; 5) We have already permitted Islam to establish a foothold here and unless we learn to say Enough! and to say it firmly, our children will be aliens in their own land; and 6) All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.  
    When you’re afraid to say things and you can’t speak out when there’s evil around you, and you can’t stop a TV station from lying and influencing the vulnerable next generation, you don’t live in a free country anymore.
    So do something about it, or you’ll lose even more freedoms!

  27. Arabs kill each some to be the best.

  28. vivgolda says:

    TabithaKorol makes a good argument for banning news stations that are biased against the constitution of America and any other European Nation.  Radical Islam is on the increase world wide and it is a fearsome enemy to us all.  Being biased to those whose intent till kill is enticing those who have little understanding of the nature of humanity.  Showing mercy to Rapists, killers and terrorists is plain stupid, this sends out a signal anarchy reigns.   I personally do want to my grand children forced into a religion as in 640 AD by sword or beheading, because of those below normal levels of intellect demand. America is not Islam, Britain is not Islam and Europe is not Islam, why did we fight for our freedom in the 7th Century AD?

  29. TabithaKorol says:

    Vivgolda:  I became a political essayist since my retirement; if you’d like to read some of my work, please go to RightTruth or RenewAmerica, type my name, and join my readers.  I appreciate all that you wrote, as well.  Thank you.

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