Arrests

Can you imagine a U.S. news organization doing a good job despite government orders to shut down? I can’t:

The chief of Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language bureau in the Egyptian capital has been arrested along with a reporter from the same channel, the Qatar-based news network reported early Saturday morning.

“Egypt’s security services have arrested Al Jazeera bureau chief in Cairo Abdel Fattah Fayed and the journalist Ahmed Yousef,” Al Jazeera said on its website.

This comes a day after a group of unidentified men stormed the Cairo offices of the pan-Arab news channel, starting a fire and smashing equipment.

Al Jazeera reportedly also said that nine of its journalists were detained on Friday amid a huge rally against President Hosni Mubarak and that its broadcast signal faced “unprecedented levels of interference.”

Yeah, I lost the signal several times yesterday and wondered if the government was trying to shut them down.