Yemen seals Al-Jazeera TV office in Sanaa for supporting "sabotage"

13:42, April 11, 2011      

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Yemeni security authorities closed the office of Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV Channel in Sanaa and revoked its permit, the state-run Saba news agency reported on Saturday.

"In view of that some media have repeatedly, blatantly meddled into domestic affairs of Yemen, the security authorities decided to close the office of Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV Channel in Sanaa with sealing wax and revoked its permit," Saba quoted an official of the Information Ministry as saying.

The official said "this final action came after Al-Jazeera television persisted in conducting a subversive scheme and supporting sabotage that aimed at inciting sedition, hatred and fighting against the government in number of Yemeni provinces."

"In addition to that, Al-Jazeera had also violated the Yemeni laws, and it lacked credibility, professionalism and impartiality in its coverage of anti-government protests in Yemen," he added.

The step came few hours after Yemen recalled its ambassador to Qatar for consultation, as a response to the remarks of Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) "hopes to reach a deal with the Yemeni president to step down."

"What Qatar offered or its Al-Jazeera television, or the states of GCC or Western countries offered, is considered as a blatant interference in our Yemeni internal affairs," Yemeni President Saleh on Friday said.

Source: Xinhua
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