Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's...
Australian cricket chiefs challenge match-fixing claims
SYDNEY (AP) — Cricket Australia has challenged Al-Jazeera to produce its evidence after the Qatar-based satellite news network warned of plans to air another documentary into alleged match fixing and corruption in the sport.
Al-Jazeera aired an investigative documentary earlier this year into corruption in cricket. The report included allegations of fixing involving Australian players from matches played in 2011.
Rights groups call on Egypt to free Al-Jazeera journalist
CAIRO (AP) — Rights groups and a press freedom organization renewed calls on Egyptian authorities Friday to release an Al-Jazeera journalist whose detention passed the one-year mark. Egypt accuses the Qatar-based news network of bias toward Islamist groups including its own outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
Saudi authorities pressure Snapchat to block Al-Jazeera
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover channel in Saudi Arabia amid an ongoing dispute between Gulf states and Qatar, where the media network is headquartered.
Al-Jazeera said Snapchat's decision to block its curated Discover Channel is "deplorable", "alarming" and amounts to "censoring media content". The Arabic Snapchat channel was launched in May, a month before Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar.
Israel PM bars Al-Jazeera journalist from free press seminar
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the pan-Arab broadcaster as a case study.
Bureau chief Walid Omary's exclusion from attending a seminar titled "Limits of free expression: the dilemma between national security and freedom of the press — Al Jazeera as a case study," comes a month after Netanyahu threatened to shut the Qatar-based outlet's Israel offices.
Israel will allow Al-Jazeera reporter to keep working
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Government Press Office has decided not to revoke the credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter after summoning him for questioning about comments made in an interview in support of Palestinian "resistance."
Elias Karram was called in for questioning after the 2016 interview surfaced. But after a hearing, the GPO said Wednesday it had determined Karram does not consider himself part of the resistance and does not support violence.
Israel revokes Al-Jazeera reporter’s press permit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's press office said Wednesday it is revoking the credentials of a prominent Al-Jazeera reporter pending a hearing after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian journalists is part of the "resistance."
Danes to Israel: Don’t shut down Al-Jazeera’s bureau
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish journalists are urging Israel not to shutter the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera satellite network's Jerusalem office.
The Danish Union of Journalists appealed to Israel's ambassador "to do whatever is in your power to keep open the lines from Al-Jazeera to Israel."
Lars Werge, head of the union, said in a letter Wednesday to Ambassador Baruk Binah that "it is not in the interests of your fellow Israeli citizens to reduce the freedom of the press."
Q&A: Why some countries are trying to muzzle Al-Jazeera
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Al-Jazeera global news network has once again become the subject of the news.
The Israeli government called this week for the Qatar-based company's Jerusalem bureau to be closed, its journalists' press credentials revoked and its transmission blocked.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Al-Jazeera on Monday denounced Israel's decision to close the Jerusalem bureau of Qatar's flagship satellite network, saying the measure was "undemocratic" and that it will take legal action.
Israel's move follows in the footsteps of four Arab countries that are aligned against Qatar as part of a months-long political dispute over Doha's politics and alleged support for extremists.
Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action.
Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel.
After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze.
Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Al-Jazeera official on Friday denounced demands to shut down the network by countries involved in a dispute with its host nation Qatar as an attempt to suppress free expression.
Qatar’s neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Social media platform Twitter briefly suspended the account of Al-Jazeera Arabic amid a wider diplomatic dispute between Qatar and Arab nations.
Twitter later reinstated the account Saturday, a move that comes after Arab nations have blocked websites and broadcasts by Doha-based Al-Jazeera.
Israel considers closing Al-Jazeera
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering shutting down the local offices of Arab satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera, an official said Tuesday, following a crackdown against Qatar by Sunni countries across the region.
Saudi Arabia has been leading an effort to isolate Qatar, accusing the energy-rich Gulf state, and the Qatari-backed channel, of supporting violent Islamic groups across the Middle East.
Al-Jazeera a target in Gulf confrontation with Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Arabic news network Al-Jazeera has been thrust into the center of the story as Qatar came under virtual siege by its Gulf neighbors, pressuring it to shut down the channel that has infuriated them with its coverage for 20 years.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar this week over allegations it supports terrorism and, more specifically, that it uses Al-Jazeera as a mouthpiece to destabilize the region.
Qatar rejects ‘blockade,’ denies terror allegations
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Arab states have no right to "blockade" Qatar, the country's top diplomat said Thursday, insisting the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation is based on "false and fabricated news."
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani repeatedly denied that his country funded extremists and he rejected the idea of shutting down its Al-Jazeera satellite news network.
Emirati diplomat to AP: ‘Nothing to negotiate’ with Qatar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati diplomat said Wednesday "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar over a growing diplomatic dispute about the energy-rich nation's alleged funding of terror groups, signaling Arab countries now isolating it have no plans to back down.
Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency that authorities blamed on hackers sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.
The alleged hack and purported fake news exposed real tensions still lingering in the Gulf between Qatar and other nations over the small gas-rich country's support of Islamist groups.
Al-Jazeera says Egypt holds producer on ‘fabricated charges’
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar-based satellite news channel Al-Jazeera accused Egypt on Monday of detaining one of its producers on "fabricated charges," its latest newsroom employee to be entangled in their bitter dispute.
The broadcaster issued a statement describing the allegations levied by Egypt's Interior Ministry against Mahmoud Hussein as containing "an alarming number of false facts and allegations."
Egypt confirms arrests of Al-Jazeera journalist
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says the state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of an Al-Jazeera TV news producer for "fabricating reports" on the country's internal situation with the aim of harming national security and sedition against the state.
MENA, quoting an Interior Ministry statement, said Sunday State Security arrested Mahmoud Hussein Gomaa. No additional details were provided.
Somalia releases 3 Al-Jazeera journalists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government has released three Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday, two days after they were arrested along with their driver by security forces, the network confirmed.
Hamza Mohamed, a Somali-British journalist for Al-Jazeera's English service, and members of his crew were arrested upon their return from areas held by the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab. Mohamed had been in Somalia for a week on a reporting assignment, Al-Jazeera said in a statement.
3 Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Three Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested by security forces, a few hours before an editor of a daily newspaper in Mogadishu was released, said a Somali media rights activist.
Hamza Mohamed, a journalist with Al-Jazeera English television, and two cameramen were arrested by troops near Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday, said Hassan Gesey, director of the media advocacy group SIMHA.
Al-Jazeera asking judge to dismiss players’ defamation suits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Jazeera America is asking a judge to dismiss defamation lawsuits filed by two Major League Baseball players over statements made in the broadcaster's documentary about performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
Maldives police raid newsroom after documentary broadcast
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in the Maldives have raided the office of one of the country's leading news websites shortly after the broadcast of a television documentary that accused the country's president of corruption, money laundering and misrule.
Zaheena Rasheed, the editor of Maldives Independent who was interviewed in the documentary, said Thursday that her offices were raided by police who produced a court warrant over an alleged "conspiracy to topple the government."
Players cleared by NFL in PEDs investigation
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the specter of a league investigation over whether they used performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads.
The NFL cleared all three players on Wednesday, saying there was "no credible evidence" the players were guilty of any of the claims made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America in January.
Harrison, Matthews, Peppers talk PEDs with NFL investigators
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday.
Matthews and Peppers met with league representatives on Wednesday, while Harrison did so on Thursday, according to the NFL Players Association.
MLB clears Howard, Zimmerman of drug allegations
NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared by Major League Baseball of allegations they used banned performance-enhancing substances.
Pharmacist Charlie Sly claimed in an Al-Jazeera America documentary "The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping," which was broadcast Dec. 27, that the two used banned performance-enhancing substances.
NFL clears Peyton Manning of doping accusations
The NFL on Monday dismissed accusations that Peyton Manning had used banned substances seven months after a news report suggested that the star quarterback had taken human growth hormone.
The allegations made in December in a documentary broadcast by Al-Jazeera sent shock waves through the NFL, which was already embroiled in an acrimonious dispute with Tom Brady, another of its top players.
Manning, though, was perhaps the league's biggest household name, and the...
NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations
The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year.
The league said the quarterback and his wife, Ashley, fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators.
The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the...