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Kuwait allows Al-Jazeera to reopen office

Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 20:41

Kuwait City: Kuwait has allowed pan-Arab
news channel Al-Jazeera to reopen its office in the Gulf state
more than a year after ordering its closure, the television
network`s Kuwait director said on Thursday.

"We received the official clearance to operate
normally on Wednesday," Saad al-Saeedi said.

The Al-Jazeera office was closed and the
accreditations of its reporters withdrawn in December 2010
over the channel`s coverage of a police crackdown on a public
gathering that involved beating of several MPs.

Its reopening comes a week ahead of general polls in
Kuwait described by many candidates as the most crucial in the
oil-rich emirate`s history.

The Al-Jazeera office was previously closed for three
years from November 2002, reopening only after a visit by
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Owned by Qatar`s ruling family, Al-Jazeera was
launched in 1996, broadcasting into the homes of millions of
Arabs that until then relied primarily on state-run channels
for news.

It has maintained an antagonistic relationship with
most Arab regimes and, as a result, has had its offices shut
down, its bureaux ransacked, its journalists arrested and its
signals jammed.


First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 20:41

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