Egypt: al-Jazeera asks bloggers for help

Arabic TV station al-Jazeera today appealed for help from Egyptian bloggers after the country's government shut down its Cairo office, according to a report by news agency Associated Press.

In a statement, the network asked Egyptians to help expand its coverage of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak by sending eyewitness accounts, blog posts and videos.

On Sunday, Egyptian authorities banned the Qatar-based news network from operating in the country, blaming al-Jazeera coverage for helping to propagate recent unrest.

al-Jazeera condemned the move as "an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting", and has continued to report from the country using cameras in fixed positions, with journalists sending in reports by telephone.

Despite a temporary shutdown of online services in various parts of the country, the Internet has been a vital tool for protesters in Egypt to communicate.

Twitter users are currently circulating links to a Google Docs spreadsheet being used to record details of protesters who have allegedly disappeared, and countless YouTube videos have been posted to provide evidence of tactics used by the authorities to suppress demonstrations.

You can keep up to date with live events in Egypt at al-Jazeera's blog here.

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