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EGYPT: Government unblocks Al Jazeera

February 9, 2011 |  7:40 am

Picture 10 Egypt's state-owned NileSat satellite company has announced that it will unblock Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera Live, the Doha-based news network announced Wednesday, 10 days after authorities stopped transmission over the channel's coverage of anti-government protests.

The decision comes after Egypt's ambassador to the United Nations, Maged Abdelaziz, told the U.N. Security Council that the government had no effective means of controlling the flow of information.

"Even though when we had some disputes with Al Jazeera, and then they were able to broadcast, they managed to maneuver us and go to get from some other sources," Abdelaziz said, according to the Al Jazeera English live blog.

"The world is a small village, and everybody knows what is happening all over the place," he added.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Screenshot: Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera Live were blocked from NileSat. Credit: