Washington’s Sudden Embrace Of Al Jazeera Won’t Erase Past US Crimes Against the Network

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Source: https://www.thenation.com/blog/158183/washingtons-sudden-embrace-al-jazeera-wont-erase-past-us-crimes-against-network?page=full

If it weren’t for al Jazeera, much of the unfolding Egyptian revolution would never have been televised.

Its Arabic and English language channels have provided the most comprehensive coverage of any network in any language hands-down.

Despite the Mubarak regime’s attempts to shut it down,

al Jazeera’s brave reporters and camera crews have persevered.

Six al Jazeera journalists were detained briefly on Monday,

their equipment seized.

The US responded swiftly to their detention with the State Department calling for their release.

“We are concerned by the shutdown of al Jazeera in Egypt and arrest of its correspondents,”

State Department spokesperson PJ Crowley tweeted.

“Egypt must be open and the reporters released.”

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