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pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Monday said six of its journalists
were in custody in Egypt after authorities ordered the closure of the
network's Cairo office.
Qatar-based network said the journalists were working for its
English-language channel — a sister operation to the flagship Arabic
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The detentions came a day after Egyptian authorities
shut Al-Jazeera's office, complaining its round-the-clock coverage was
slanted toward protesters and could encourage more unrest which has
reached its seventh day.
Al-Jazeera denounced the closure as an
attempt to muzzle open reporting as anti-government demonstrations and
protests continued. The network had managed to continue coverage in
Egypt with fixed-position cameras and reports by phone.
Earlier Monday, Egyptian helicopters flew above Tahrir Square in Cairo as unrest reached a week-long in duration, CNN reported.
soldiers and armored tanks continued their presence on city streets,
CNN said and the Al-Jazeera reported that the military presence in
downtown Cairo "just keeps getting stricter day by day; there's more
roadblocks, more barbed wire, there's more restrictions on who can move
about and TV cameras are more restricted."
In an online audio
posting on the network's Twitter feed, Al-Jazeera "has confirmed that
regular police are redeploying in the city, they're back on the
streets...they were seen at a police station...on the westside of the
Nile, southwest of central Cairo."
An Al-Jazeera correspondent
said the police were spotted "at a police station where the civilians on
the street reportedly were not actually unhappy to see them. They were
shaking hands and talking casually, perhaps happily...which might not
make immediate sense since these are the people who are blamed for the
deadly violence that racked the city just days ago but that's what our
crews are seeing."
A leading Muslim Brotherhood official told The
Associated Press that the fundamentalist movement wants to form a
committee of opposition groups along with Nobel laureate and leading
reform advocate Mohammad ElBaradei as a way of uniting the disparate
groups calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Saad el-Katatni said that his group has not selected ElBaradei to represent it.
The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt's largest opposition movement,
and wants to form an Islamist state in the most populous Arab nation.
The police, which before the revolt could be seen on nearly every
corner, melted away Friday, giving way to looting and arson. Gangs of
thugs have cleared out supermarkets, shopping malls and stores, as well
as luxury homes and apartments in affluent residential areas in the
suburbs. On Monday, police were beginning to redeploy in many