Al Jazeera shutdown 'act of repression'

DOHA - Al Jazeera yesterday denounced the shutdown of its operations in Egypt by the Cairo authorities, saying the move was aimed at "censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people".

"Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists," the Qatar-based satellite channel said in a statement.

Egypt's outgoing information minister had "ordered the closure of all activities by Al Jazeera in Egypt.

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