Article from 2011: Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S. (and Time Warner blacks out Al Jazeera in 2012)
Regarding the news that
Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV After Al Jazeera Purchase
I just want to pull up some news from the “memory hole” that this is not the first time al-Jazeera has been blocked from having an (wider) American cable access.
The article dates from 2011:
Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.
Al Jazeera English has launched a campaign to persuade cable providers to carry the network by bombarding the companies with requests from AJE converts and longtime fans. Scroll down for details.
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WASHINGTON - Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available. What they can’t do is watch the network directly.
Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. - including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. - cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching 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.
It is what it is. Don’t sugar coat it or make excuses based on “business decisions” for why this is. Let’s be honest about this stuff.