The Saudi-owned satellite TV Arabic language news channel Al Arabiya has accused Libya’s intelligence of sabotaging its signal and forcing it to switch to new frequencies on the Egyptian satellite Nilesat. Al Arabiya went off air this week and told its viewers to switch to other satellite frequencies to watch its coverage of events in Libya.
“A Libyan intelligence centre southeast of (the capital) Tripoli is jamming Al Arabiya channel but viewers can see the channel on new frequencies,” Alarabiya said in a brief announcement on Saturday night. The TV channel gave no reason for the Libyan action but authorities loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have often accused Al Arabiya of siding with the opposition which has been locked in a war with government forces for nearly two weeks to end Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.
Al Arabiya’s rival, Aljazeera of Qatar, has also been jammed and forced to shift its service to new frequencies on Nilesat and Arabsat. Most of the other 11 satellite channels in the Saudi-owed Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), which owns Al Arabiya, have also been jammed following the eruption of the conflict in Libya.
According to the Al Arabiya website, the frequencies as now as follows:
Al Arabiya News Channel
Nilesat (12341 vertical) and Badr4 (12130 vertical)
Nilesat (12437 horizontal)