Al-Jazeera Says Cairo Office Destroyed


ALEX DELMAR-MORGAN And CHARLES LEVINSON
The Wall Street Journal
February 4, 2011

DOHA, Qatar—Pan-Arab satellite news channel al-Jazeera said Friday its office in Cairo has been destroyed and its website was hacked.

The broadcaster, which has been the target of repeated attempts by the Egyptian authorities to interfere with its coverage of the country’s political protests, said its Cairo office was attacked by “a gang of thugs” and equipment was destroyed.

“The office has been burned along with the equipment inside it,” al-Jazeera said in a statement. “It appears to be the latest attempt by the Egyptian regime or its supporters to hinder al-Jazeera’s coverage of events in the country.”

Al-Jazeera also complained Friday that its website had been hacked by “opponents of the pro-democracy movement in Egypt”.

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