Al Jazeera World Cup sabotage

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Posted June 12, 2010 by Stuff Staff in Features

Our World Cup coverage from South Africa has had a lot of attention tonight, and while we sat around watching blank screens or listening to French commentary, Al Jazeera Sports were busy blaming Nile Sat.

Apparently, the widespread loss of footie feed had to do with the satellite providers, not Al Jazeera Sport. In fact, the Middle Eastern channel has blamed Nile Sat outright, even claiming sabotage of its feeds. We’re still waiting for an official statement, but we have tracked down the Arabic MBC news channel for an update.

For our English speaking readers, here is the Google Translate (badly done) of the site:

Al Jazeera Sport confirmed that the interruption of transmission sent during the opening match of World Cup South Africa 2010 on Friday was triggered by the actor, and it will hunt down any person caused in this matter in court.

Al Jazeera aired an explicit mention in the newsreel, he urges viewers to match up better on the frequencies of the satellite “Arabsat”, referring to the interventions and attempts at interference by the Egyptian Company for a satellite “Nile Sat”.

The Algerian green feathers – Presented by Al Jazeera’s coverage of South Africa – on the air: It is now certain that there is a devastating event that has disrupted the broadcast minutes during the first match, which ended in a draw South Africa and Mexico, one goal each.

Said Hisham from Tunisia Khalisi from the International Broadcast Centre of the island in the Qatari capital Doha that what happened, “intentional interference with the satellite and the island is broadcast on Nilesat and Hotbird and Arabsat, Noor sat at the same time, and can move between satellites four simply.”

The Khalisi, “it is considered piracy is no room for a television presence with Al Jazeera Sports, and will not stop, but this will give us strength and courage whatever attempts, and will follow a judicial cause of sabotage and disruption.”

He explained, “We are now in the task of sports media have nothing to do with politics.”¬†Adding “Allah guides, and we hope that all vulnerable to the force of the media to understand that the island is no room for fun with it.”

And cut off the picture more than once during the opening match of this World Cup between South Africa and Mexico to all channels of the island five navigate the game to be the link between what happened and interventions by the “Nile Sat”, especially as the image transmission in the Egyptian TV channels, land was not affected by Balangtaat.

In an apparent response to my work on Nilesat the officials, “Al Jazeera Sports” cut picture of terrestrial TV-Masri, who only in the last ten minutes introduced the footage a repeat of the game; but Mustafa Hussein – President of Nile Sports Egypt – denied that the island has to cut off the transmission, He emphasized that he was just a simple internal malfunction.

[via MBC.net]


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