Al-Jazeera accuses Egypt of signal-jamming
04 September 2013, 12:37
Doha - Qatari-owned news channel Al-Jazeera has accused Egyptian authorities
of jamming the network's satellite signals, as the broadcaster kept up its
critical coverage of Cairo's crackdown on Islamists.
"Independent experts" used by Al-Jazeera have determined where the
jamming was coming from, the network said on its website late on Tuesday.
The experts were "confident about both the locations and who is
responsible", Al-Jazeera said, adding that trackers have identified
locations east and west of Cairo, and specifically identified military
installations as the source of interference.
The network said it has been forced to change frequencies several times to
allow viewers to watch its news and sport channels.
Egyptian authorities and local media have accused Al-Jazeera of biased
reporting on the popularly-backed coup that toppled Islamist president Mohammed
Morsi on 3 July and on its bloody aftermath.
The Qatari network has given wide coverage to demonstrations that followed
Morsi's arrest and the crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
On Tuesday, a Cairo court also ordered the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher
Misr (Egypt Direct), with three other Islamist channels.
Al-Jazeera has previously complained that the security forces raided its
Cairo offices and seized equipment.
Wealthy Qatar had been a strong supporter of Morsi, and it stood out among
other Gulf nations in condemning Egypt's deadly crackdown on pro-Morsi