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Al Jazeera Kicked Out Of Egypt, Was Spied On By NSA

It has not been a good week for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-backed international TV news organization.

German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the NSA spied on internal Al Jazeera communications, according to documents obtained by Edward Snowden. Al Jazeera would be the first news organization that the NSA has been confirmed to be spying on.

Meanwhile, a handful of Al Jazeera journalists that were detained last week were freed by Egyptian authorities… but they were promptly deported from the country. The AP reports that correspondent Wayne Hay, camera operator Adil Bradlow and producer Russ Finn were deported for “working in Egypt without a permit or license to use satellite transmitters.”

Hay, a freelance journalist based in Thailand, is traveling back to his native New Zealand to rest.

Also an Egyptian court ordered that Al Jazeera’s Egyptian affiliate, along with three other channels, should be shut down for posing “a threat to national security.”

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Al Jazeera Journalists Detained In Egypt, Ban Considered

A total of four journalists for Al Jazeera have been detained in Egypt by authorities there in recent days, including Al Jazeera English Bangkok-based correspondent Wayne Hay. The other Al Jazeera staffers being detained are camera operator Adil Bradlow and producers Russ Finn and Baher Mohammed.

“Al Jazeera calls for the Egyptian authorities to release all our staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment,” the channel says in a statement.

All four were detained while covering the ongoing crisis in Egypt, following the military coup. The AP reports that the Egyptian government is considering a ban on Al Jazeera’s local affiliate for “rumors and claims which are harmful to Egyptian national security and threaten the country’s unity.”

The Evening Ticker: Runnette, Beyoncé, Heidler

  • National Geographic Channel has named Brooke Runnette its new president. Runnette is a former producer for CBS News, PBS’ “Frontline” and ABC’s “Nightline,” and was most recently an executive in charge of special events at Discovery Communications.
  • HBO has ordered a documentary starring, EPed and shot by Beyoncé. The doc also includes footage the musician shot herself. The film will debut on HBO February 16, 2013. CNN has been more aggressive recently when it comes to acquiring off-network rights to HBO docs, so it isn’t out of the question for an eventual appearance on that channel.
  • Al Jazeera English correspondent Scott Heidler is moving from New York to Bangkok, Thailand. Heidler will report from East Asia for AJE, joining the network’s lead correspondent in the region, Wayne Hay.