[QODLink]
Middle East
Signal disruptions hit Al Jazeera
Broadcast on Nilesat, Arabsat and Hotbird platforms facing interference on scale not experienced before, channel says.
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2011 19:46 GMT

Over the past week Al Jazeera has faced multiple attempts to disrupt its coverage of the protests in Egypt [Reuters]

Al Jazeera has said its broadcast signal across the Arab region is facing interference on a scale it has not experienced before.
 
Signals on Egypt's Nilesat platform were cut, and frequencies on the Arabsat and satellite Hotbird platforms were disrupted continually, forcing millions of viewers across the Arab world to change satellite frequencies throughout Tuesday.

The latest disruption came on the day of the historic "million man march" in Egypt. 
  
"We have been working round the clock to make sure we are broadcasting on alternative frequencies. Clearly there are powers that do not want our important images pushing for democracy and reform to be seen by the public," a spokesman for Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said.

"We appreciate the extraordinary support from the ten channels across the region who interrupted their own programming to live-broadcast our signal to their audiences."

Al Jazeera has been widely praised for its coverage from Egypt and Tunisia despite obstacles put in their path by those governments.

Not only have its images and reporting been enthusiastically received by people in the Middle East, but there has been a massive surge in interest in Al Jazeera's coverage from across the world.
 
Over the past week the channel has faced multiple attempts to disrupt its coverage from Egypt, with signals being interfered with on a continual basis, and journalists being banned and detained.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.