Yemen seals Al Jazeera TV office in Sana`a

Yemen revoked the permit of Al Jazeera for supporting sabotage in country.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 10:42 AM IST

Sana`a: Security authorities of Yemen closed the office of Doha-based Al Jazeera satellite TV Channel in Sana`a and revoked its permit for supporting sabotage in the country, Xinhua cited the state-run Saba news agency in a report.

"In view of that some media have repeatedly, blatantly meddled into domestic affairs of Yemen, the security authorities decided to close the office of Doha-based Al Jazeera satellite TV Channel in Sana`a with sealing wax and revoked its permit," Saba quoted an Information Ministry official as saying on Saturday.

"This final action came after Al Jazeera television persisted in conducting a subversive scheme and supporting sabotage that aimed at inciting sedition, hatred and fighting against the government in number of Yemeni provinces," the official stated.

"In addition to that, Al Jazeera had also violated the Yemeni laws, and it lacked credibility, professionalism and impartiality in its coverage of anti-government protests in Yemen," he added.

The step came few hours after Yemen recalled its ambassador to Qatar for consultation, as a response to the remarks of Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) "hopes to reach a deal with the Yemeni President to step down".