Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.

Al JazeeraFreedom of the press? Ryan Grim writes on the Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available. What they can’t do is watch the network directly.

Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. — including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

The result of the Al Jazeera English blackout in the United States has been a surge in traffic to the media outlet’s website, where footage can be seen streaming live. The last 24 hours have seen a two-and-a-half thousand percent increase in web traffic, Tony Burman, head of North American strategies for Al Jazeera English, told HuffPost. Sixty percent of that traffic, he said, has come from the United States.

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  • foggytoo

    And we who pay for C-Span 3 never get to see that either!

  • foggytoo

    And we who pay for C-Span 3 never get to see that either!

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Does anyone else think the Al-Jazeera logo looks like a stylized bulb of garlic?

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Does anyone else think the Al-Jazeera logo looks like a stylized bulb of garlic?

  • http://twitter.com/swadeshine Wade A. Inganamort

    The iOS app is free, live, & mostly commercial-free.

  • http://twitter.com/swadeshine Wade A. Inganamort

    The iOS app is free, live, & mostly commercial-free.

  • Ironaddict06

    Does Al Jazeera broadcast over the internet?

  • Ironaddict06

    Does Al Jazeera broadcast over the internet?

  • Ironaddict06

    Does Al Jazeera broadcast over the internet?

    • http://lostincompositionland.wordpress.com/ R.M.

      yes. english.aljazeera.net. They are live streaming all the events in Egypt right now.

  • http://lostincompositionland.wordpress.com/ R.M.

    yes. english.aljazeera.net. They are live streaming all the events in Egypt right now.

  • ArgosyJones

    Yet another misleading title.

    the word blackout suggests that service was present, and then shut down. but I guess that’s more exiting than “Al-Jazeera not offered by most cable providers in US.”

    • LookAtTheBigPicture

      When you turn on your TV (with cable) do you see it? Thanks for the narrow interpretation.

  • ArgosyJones

    Yet another misleading title.

    the word blackout suggests that service was present, and then shut down. but I guess that’s more exiting than “Al-Jazeera not offered by most cable providers in US.”

  • LookAtTheBigPicture

    When you turn on your TV (with cable) do you see it? Thanks for the narrow interpretation.