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Egypt Shuts Down Al Jazeera’s Egyptian Channel

From an outraged Reuters:

Egypt to clamp down on Al Jazeera’s Egyptian channel

By Omar Fahmy | August 30, 2013

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military-backed government is to clamp down on Al Jazeera’s Egyptian television channel, accusing it of threatening national security, the state news agency MENA said on Thursday.

The channel this week aired statements from two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood including a call for protests against Egypt’s new rulers…

They three ministers said unspecified legal measures would be taken against the Qatari-owned channel "given the threat it poses to national security"…

Its offices in Cairo have been closed since July 3, when they were raided by security forces hours after Mursi was toppled, although it has continued to broadcast from Qatar…

The Qatar that Obama endlessly praises for their devotion to democracy.

One of the Brotherhood leaders who appeared on the channel, Mohamed El-Beltagi, was arrested on Thursday. The other, Essam El-Erian, is still at large.

In addition to pursuing the Brotherhood’s leaders, accusing them of inciting violence, Egypt’s new rulers have tried to prevent the movement communicating with supporters by shutting down television stations sympathetic to it.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera is opening up its new network in the US, thanks to Mr. Gore. And remember, we have to close Gitmo because it recruits terrorism. But Al Gorzeera doesn’t.

Meanwhile, speaking of Gitmo, we have this brief mention buried in the New York Times:

2 Guantánamo Detainees Transferred to Algeria

By SCOTT SHANE | August 29, 2013

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that it had transferred two Algerian detainees from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to their native country. The two men, Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, who have spent more than a decade incarcerated without charges, were the first detainees to leave the prison since President Obama renewed his pledge to close it in May.

Lest we forget, they are far from the first detainees to have been released by Obama. But why worry about freeing notorious terrorists? Obama has Al Qaeda on the run.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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