Viewers Access Al Jazeera Through VPN

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American television viewers looking for the coverage of the uprising in Egypt have been deprived of the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English. They have to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available, or use a VPN connection.

An overwhelming majority of the American states – except from Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. – cable carriers do not broadcast Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, is sure that “the blackout is based on misinformed views about our content and journalism. Some of the largest American cable and satellite providers have instituted corporate obstacles against Al Jazeera English.

As a result from the blackout, many AJE longtime viewers tend to use VPN services to get to the media outlet's website, where footage can be seen streaming live. The last 24 hours have seen a two and a half thousand percent increase in web traffic. Sixty percent of that traffic has come from the United States.


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