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Palestinian government shuts down Al Jazeera

July 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Palestinian government shut down the West Bank operations of the satellite channel Al Jazeera a day after a guest on the station accused the Palestinian Authority president of involvement in Yasser Arafat's death.

The Palestinian Information Ministry accused the news station of incitement and unbalanced reporting and took issue with the broadcast, without providing further details.

Aides to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have long alleged that the Qatar-based station, widely watched in the Palestinian territories, favors the Islamic militant group Hamas in the bitter Palestinian power struggle.

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