Iraq expels Al Jazeera reporters and news channel suspends operations

Iraq asked an Al Jazeera reporter in Baghdad yesterday evening (April 2) to leave the country, prompting the Arabic news channel to suspend the activities of its reporters.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  April 3, 2003

Iraq asked an Al Jazeera reporter in Baghdad yesterday evening (April 2) to leave the country, prompting the Arabic news channel to suspend the activities of its reporters.

The Iraqi Information Ministry informed the two Aljazeera correspondents in Baghdad, Diar Alomari (an Iraqi living in Baghdad) and Tayseer Allouni (who recently arrived in Baghdad and is famous for his coverage of the war in Afghanistan), that they were no longer allowed to cover the war in Iraq with Allouni being expelled from Iraq.

Aljazeerah still has several other correspondents in Iraq, Majed Abdulhadi and Maher in Baghdad, Muhammad Alabdullah in Basra and the south, Muhammad Albourini in Mosul, Waddah Khanfar in the north, and Omar Al Issawi with the British forces in the south. In response , Aljazeerah announced that it decided to suspend all its operations in Iraq and that it will depend on its coverage on other sources until further notice.

"Al-Jazeera channel announces that it has decided to suspend until further notice the work of all its correspondents in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, while maintaining the broadcasting of live and recorded images received from its office in Baghdad," Al Jazeera said in a statement.

Iraq expelled Rym Ibrahimi and Nic Robertson, reporters for CNN in March.

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