Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Media Blackout in Egypt and the U.S.: Al Jazeera Forced Off the Air by Mubarak, Telecommunications Companies Block Its Expansion in the United States
"Reporters from Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language news network, have been arrested and forced off the air by President Hosni Mubarak. "This regime which couldn’t find the time to protect Egypt’s priceless relics and the national museum in Cairo found the time to drag journalists through the streets, and found time to shut down Al Jazeera," says Mohamed Abdel Dayem of Committee to Protect Journalists. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera English is broadcast to more than 200 million homes around the world, but its hardly available in the United States. Critics have called it a media blackout by U.S. cable and satellite providers. We speak to Tony Burman, of Al Jazeera English...."