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Egypt Sentences 2 Al-Jazeera Journalists to Death

They were found guilty of passing national security documents to Qatar

(Newser) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the AP reports. The two Al-Jazeera employees—identified by the judge as news... More »

Source Retracts Peyton Manning HGH Claims

Manning says he's angry enough to sue

(Newser) - Amid a furious backlash, a key source behind an Al Jazeera report claiming Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received supplies of human growth hormone has recanted the allegations. In a video statement , Charles Sly says that what he was recorded saying to undercover investigator Liam Collins about sending HGH to... More »

Al-Jazeera Reporter Freed in Egypt

Peter Greste deported to native Australia after year in prison

(Newser) - A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, an Australia native, has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. The agency said his release today, after more than a year behind bars,... More »

Behind Journos' 7-Year Sentence: Vacation Photos?

Trio of al-Jazeera reporters convicted, sentenced today

(Newser) - Egypt today sentenced three al-Jazeera journalists to at least 7 years in prison on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the country has deemed a terrorist organization—in a case that saw the prosecution provide scant and largely unrelated evidence. The men were also charged with creating false footage... More »

New Snowden Leak: NSA Hacked Al Jazeera

Accessed and read broadcaster's internal communications system

(Newser) - The latest Snowden document release reveals that the NSA spied on Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera, hacking into its internal communications system, reports Der Spiegel . A document from 2006 says the NSA's Network Analysis Center accessed and read communication by "interesting targets" at the Qatar-based news network, then... More »

Big Day for News? Al Jazeera America Is Here

New channel plans to keep it serious

(Newser) - Al Jazeera America launches this afternoon, and while some analysts believe the channel's entry to cable line-ups is a development as important as the launch of CNN or the Fox News Channel, others wonder if the new channel and its formula of serious, in-depth news will ever be able... More »

Iraq Shuts 10 TV Channels for Broadcasting 'Hype'

Al Jazeera, 9 others blamed for surge in violence

(Newser) - Iraq has ordered al-Jazeera and nine other TV stations off the air, accusing them of causing the sectarian conflict that has killed more than 200 people over the last week. The move came after the stations—all but one of which is Sunni-owned—covered a raid by security forces on... More »

Lawsuit: Gore Was Against Al Jazeera Deal

Man claims he was the mastermind of Current TV sale

(Newser) - A media consultant is suing Al Gore and Current TV, claiming that he was the mastermind behind Al Jazeera's buyout of the struggling network, and was cut out of the deal. John Terenzio alleges that he came up with the idea, approached Al Jazeera, and presented a "step-by-step... More »

Washington Post Punked, Says Palin to Join Al Jazeera

Failed to notice that satire article quoted 'Elizabeth Lemon'

(Newser) - An American newspaper has joined the Getting Punked by a Fake News Site Club : The Washington Post fell for an article claiming Sarah Palin had signed a deal to host her own show, Palin's America, on Al Jazeera America. The Daily Currant —which currently features headlines like "... More »

Cable Companies Eager to Dump Al Jazeera

Al Gore strong-armed them into keeping it, but they want to renegotiate

(Newser) - Cable companies aren't thrilled about the idea of Current TV turning into Al Jazeera America, and might have dropped the network the moment the deal was announced —if Al Gore hadn't strong-armed them into keeping it, the New York Times reports. Gore personally lobbied distributors, reminding them... More »

Boring Current TV Won't Help Boring Al Jazeera

Michael Wolff thinks the Qatari network is too dull to defend

(Newser) - What to do if your cable network has all the money in the world, but pretty much no ability to draw American eyeballs? If you're Al Jazeera, apparently you buy Al Gore's crappy cable network . Sure, Current TV hasn't made much of an impression on viewers either,... More »

Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore's Current TV Channel

Pan-Arab news agency will get a foothold in American TV market

(Newser) - Goodbye Current TV, hello Al Jazeera America. Al Gore's struggling cable network has been bought by the pan-Arab news agency, which will get a long-sought "pathway into American living rooms," reports the New York Times . The changes probably won't take effect for about 3 months, at... More »

Protestors Firebomb al-Jazeera's Cairo Office

Then loot the studio and attack a police chief

(Newser) - Protestors in Cairo hurled Molotov cocktails at al-Jazeera's office there today, engulfing it in flames, reports the AP . The crowd, which a reporter estimates numbered 300 or so, accused the news agency of bias and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. After setting it afire while shouting obscenities, protestors looted the... More »

Assad Backers Hack al-Jazeera

Hackers slam news agency for 'spreading lies'

(Newser) - Al-Jazeera's website got hacked today by loyalists to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists say. The hackers posted a Syrian flag on the site, blaming the Qatar-based news agency for backing "armed terrorist groups and spreading lies and fabricated news." The website appeared to be back up... More »

Morsi: I'll Rethink Israel Peace, Build Iran Ties

Military, secularists involved in behind-scenes deal making

(Newser) - Mohammed Morsi's government will "reconsider the Camp David Accord," the 1979 treaty declaring peace between Egypt and Israel, the newly-elected president told Iran's state-run Fars News Agency today. Morsi was also quoted as saying that he wanted to build closer ties with Iran to "create... More »

China Forces al-Jazeera to Close Beijing Bureau

US reporter Melissa Chan expelled, no replacement allowed

(Newser) - China has forced al-Jazeera English to shut down its Beijing bureau by kicking out reporter Melissa Chan and refusing to allow another correspondent to replace her. Chan, an American citizen who had reported from Beijing for five years, left China last night after normally routine requests to renew her visa... More »

Al-Jazeera: We Won't Air French Gunman's Video

USB stick contains footage of killings, Koran readings

(Newser) - Mohamed Merah's video of his killing spree will not see the light of day, at least not by way of al-Jazeera. The network announced that the video neither provided any fresh info nor met al-Jazeera's code of ethics for broadcast. It revealed that Merah's face was never... More »

Libya TV Claims Gadhafi Son Not Dead

Libyan TV airs footage of Khamis Gadhafi yesterday

(Newser) - Perhaps Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son is not dead after all, as was reported last Friday . Libyan state television broadcast footage of a man it says is Khamis Gadhafi visiting wounded people in a hospital east of Tripoli—and it claims it was filmed yesterday, reports al-Jazeera , which notes the... More »

Al Jazeera Launches NYC Broadcast Operation

Qatar-based network boosts US presence

(Newser) - Al Jazeera won major praise for its coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year, but the news channel remained virtually invisible in the US—until now. Starting today, Al Jazeera English begins broadcasting in New York City, reports the New York Times . For now, the channel is just... More »

US to Yemen's Saleh: Get Out

White House calls for 'immediate transition'

(Newser) - The White House is not-so-subtly telling Yemen's embattled president to hit the road, with top counterterror adviser John Brennan telling Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday to “fulfill expeditiously” his pledge to step down. Brennan “called upon” Saleh “to sign the GCC-brokered agreement for peaceful and Constitutional political... More »

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