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26 October 2006 08:58
Tunisia closes embassy over Aljazeera

Tunisia has closed its embassy in Qatar in protest against what it described as a hostile campaign by Aljazeera.

A Qatari diplomat said on Wednesday that all Tunisian embassy staff left the country last Thursday.

Aljazeera, which has its headquarters in the Qatari capital, Doha, had aired two interviews with Moncef Marzouki, an opposition activist based in Paris who called for a "civil resistance" movement against the Tunisian government.

The Tunisian foreign ministry released a statement on Wednesday accusing Aljazeera of waging a "hostile campaign aimed at hurting Tunisia" and "turning its back on truth and objectivity every time it deals with news in Tunisia".

"By taking deliberately malicious positions vis-a-vis Tunisia, Aljazeera has broken all limits and transgressed the moral rules on which journalism is based," the statement said.

It said that the embassy closure was directed at Aljazeera and did not reflect on Tunisia's relations with Qatar, which it called a "brother nation".

Correspondents banned

In the past, Arab governments in Libya and Morocco have also briefly recalled their ambassadors from Qatar to protest against Aljazeera broadcasts.

Other Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have banned the station's correspondents.

In August 2004, the Iraqi government closed Aljazeera's Baghdad office. The office remains closed, but the station operates in the Kurdish-ruled area of the north.

Aljazeera, viewed by millions across the Arab world, is praised for being a rare independent voice among the Arab media, which are frequently government controlled.
26 October 2006 23:21
i'm divided...
freedom of speech is very important.

but a call for rebellion and revolution could be dangerous.

what were they thinking? they could never let them air that...

but i see nothing wrong in call for rebellion against a goverment...
grrrr... they piss me off.
Evil go aljazeera go go go
27 October 2006 08:05
Ben Ali loves much more governing Tunisia long as he could.....
28 October 2006 16:45
what kind of democracy is that when they prevent the ((hijab) in the public establishments, what a double stander, look at the west GOV if it was the other way around it will be condemned immediately, wouldn't?
I'm serious about this allegation, I have very strong suspicion that he is a Tunisian Jew, and it would not be the first time in the Arab countries "remember Syria top Military in the 70's was about to be president?"

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2006 04:59 by baba123.
31 October 2006 00:07
Funny thing. I have never seen the king of Morocco, the president of Libya, the king of Saudi Arabia called their diplomats from the US, when CNN and FoxNews, critisizes their regimes. Ironic isn't it.
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