Al-Jazeera appeals for social media help in Egypt

Egyptian authorities have closed Cairo office of the pan-Arab broadcaster.

Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 15:02 PM IST

Dubai: The pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera is calling out for help from Egyptian bloggers and others after authorities closed its Cairo office amid unprecedented anti-state protests.

A statement by the Qatar-based network urges Egyptians to send blog posts, eyewitness accounts and videos to expand coverage of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.

Monday`s appeal comes 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.
Al-Jazeera denounced the move as an attempt to muzzle open reporting. It has managed to continue coverage in Egypt with fixed-position cameras and reports by phone.

Bureau Report