Aljazeera denies Tunisia allegations

Aljazeera has denied that it is pursuing a "political agenda" against Tunisia, after Tunis closed its embassy in Doha to protest against an alleged "hostile campaign" by the Qatar-based television channel.

    Khanfar: We are committed to airing different views

    Waddah Khanfar, the director general

    of Aljazeera network, told AFP: "We do not have a political agenda against Tunisia or any other side.  

    "We regret the Tunisian decision, and we reaffirm that we are committed to [providing a platform for] different views".

    Aljazeera would welcome "any Tunisian official who would want to speak to the channel," Khanfar said.

    "When we host certain figures, it does not mean that Aljazeera endorses their positions," he said.

    No comment

    "When we host certain figures, it does not mean that Aljazeera endorses their positions"

    Waddah Khanfar, chairman, Aljazeera network

    The Qatari government has not commented on Tunisia's decision to close its Doha embassy.

    Thursday's Qatari press reported the news but withheld editorial comment.

    The Tunisian move followed the airing by Aljazeera of interviews with Moncef Marzouki, an opposition activist based in Paris who called for  "civil resistance".

    The Tunisian foreign ministry released a statement on Wednesday accusing Aljazeera of ignoring “truth and objectivity every time that it deals with current affairs in Tunisia ... apparently waging a hostile campaign aimed at harming Tunisia".

    SOURCE: AFP


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