Tunisia closes embassy over Aljazeera

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

    Aljazeera has angered other Arab nations in the past

    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.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.

    Inside Baltimore's human trafficking industry

    Inside Baltimore's human trafficking industry

    Survivors of sex trafficking and those who investigate it in the city share their stories.

    A tale of two isolations

    A tale of two isolations

    More than 1,000km apart, a filmmaker and the subject of his film contend with the methods and meanings of solitude.