Dec 22, 2014 12:46 PM

Al-Jazeera Egypt channel shuts down

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar.

The closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr comes amid a Saudi-led effort to reconcile between Egypt and Qatar over the latter's support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt accuses Al-Jazeera of supporting the Brotherhood and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013.

Three journalists from Al-Jazeera's English channel were sentenced this summer to at least seven years in prison on charges of aiding the Brotherhood, which the government declared a terrorist organization.

The station denies any bias. The defendants in the case said they were pawns in the Egypt-Qatar fight.

Al-Jazeera said Monday it will incorporate Mubasher Misr into a new region-wide station.


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