Al Jazeera TV says journalists released in Egypt

CAIRO Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:26pm EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatar-based satellite channel Al Jazeera said six of its English service journalists were freed in Egypt Monday after being detained, a day after the news network was told to shut down its operations in the country.

The news channel, which says it can reach 220 million households in more than 100 countries, also had its satellite signal to some parts of the Middle East cut Sunday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Egypt demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Al Jazeera reported the release in Cairo in a news alert on its Arabic channel. Security forces also seized a camera from its staff, it said.

Earlier, Egyptian authorities ordered it to stop operations in Egypt, though correspondents were still reporting news by telephone. Egypt's Nilesat satellite company also stopped broadcasting Al Jazeera's signal.

The U.S. State Department earlier called for the release of the Al Jazeera journalists.

Launched in Qatar in 1996, Al Jazeera has more than 400 reporters in over 60 countries, according to its website.

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