Thursday, June 19, 2014

Al Jazeera closes its news bureau in Egypt, fires all Al Jazeera staff who are getting paid for the last time at the end of this month.

Al Jazeera (DStv 406 / StarSat 401) is closing down is shutting down its news bureau in Egypt and is firing all its staff, Buzzfeed is reporting, telling the Qatar based 24-hour TV news channel's staff yesterday that they will be paid for the last time at the end of this month.

Some of Al Jazeera's journalists in prison in Egypt, remain on trial after months, with a possible verdict which is expected this coming Monday in the shambolic court case of Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, and Baher Mohammed who were arrested in Egypt on 29 December.

Al Jazeera has not reported from Egypt since 29 December last year.

After 10 months in jail, the Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy was released on Tuesday this week after he went on a hunger strike since April.

Since the end of last year Al Jazeera has had its Egypt offices raided, and its signal in the country often blocked.

Yesterday Al Jazeera workers were called to a meeting and told they will no longer get a salary after June and that the office in Egypt is shutting down.