Saturday, April 9, 2011

Yemeni Authorities Close Al-Jazeera Channel office in Yemen

By Fatik Al-Rodaini
Sana'a, Apr 9, 2011- An informed source said that Yemeni authorities closed Al-Jazeera Channel office in Yemen with red wax, and withdrew the license granted to it by Yemen's Information Ministry.
This step came after the persistence of Al-Jazeera in implementation of a sabotage scheme aimed to inciting strife, hatred and fighting in a number of provinces of Yemen.
Last month, an armed group belonging to the National Security attacked Al-Jazeera Channel office in Sana'a, stealing some video equipment.
At the same time, Yemeni government forced two Al-Jazeera correspondents to leave the country. Ahmed Zidan and Abdu Haq Sadah took the plane from Sana'a to Cairo to Doha.
Yemeni government also prohibited them from covering the current unrest situation and protests in Yemen, but they continued on their task.
Authorities in Yemen accused Al-Jazeera Channel of inciting hatred, exaggerating in news, and distorting of the current situation in Yemen.
In January, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that Al-Jazeera channel serves Zionist and terrorist groups.

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