Al Jazeera offers new frequencies to combat signal jamming

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 04-03-2012

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is advising its viewers in the Middle East and North Africa to retune their satellite decoders to allow better reception of its TV signals, following continued channel interference in the region.
Al Jazeera suggests Nilesat viewers should seek the alternative frequencies of 11636V and 10992V, while Eutelsat viewers in Western Asia (including the Gulf, Levant, and Iraq), Egypt and East Libya should retune to 11636 MHz, Vertical. Meanwhile, Eutelsat viewers in Western Africa and West Libya should seek the new 10992MHz, Vertical frequency.
The new frequencies will support Al Jazeera's entire bouquet of channels including the news channels Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English, as well as Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Mubasher and Al Jazeera Sports.
Al Jazeera has faced a string of signal jamming attempts from regimes across the Middle East and North Africa, particularly since the beginning of the Arab Awakening. Al Jazeera was suspended in Egypt in January 2011 due to its coverage of the demonstrations against then president Hosni Mubarak. The following month, its satellite transmissions were tampered with by the Libyan regime, headed by former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Just last month, the regional satellite operator Arabsat pinpointed the location of recent attempts to block Al Jazeera signals to Damascus in Syria and Tehran in Iran – a strong ally of Syria.
Syrian officials have been highly critical of Al Jazeera's coverage of the year-long popular uprising against the regime, which has recently resulted in a brutal military crackdown against anti-government groups in Homs, and now appears to be spreading to Hama and other cities.