MANILA, Philippines – News website Al Jazeera released a statement on July 4, saying on a blogpost that its live Egypt service, Al Jazeera Misr, was taken off the air, along with several other TV channels.
The raid and shutdown happened after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, and occurred during a live broadcast, “when security forces stormed the building and arrested the presenter, guests and producers.” Reuters added that Al-Jazeera staff broadcasting a pro-Morsi rally were prevented from broadcasting, and the crew detained.
A video was also tweeted by a number of people, showing when the actual shutdown occurred on air. At the 20-second mark of the video below, it appears that security forces interrupted the live broadcast.
In a post on Twitter, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights head Hossam Bahgat mentioned the arrest of 26 staff members of Al Jazeera Misr. All of them, except for director Ayman Gaballa have been released.
All 26 arrested staff of Aljazeera Misr released now except for director Ayman Gaballa— hossam bahgat (@hossambahgat) July 3, 2013