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Al Jazeera correspondent expelled from India

The Indian government has expelled Al Jazeera's correspondent, Nasir Shadid. Reports from India say the government was 'not cofortable' with his reports on Kashmir and the Gujarat riots.

The World’s leading Arabic language TV news channel is in more trouble, this time with the Indian government, which has expelled Al Jazeera’s correspondent Nasir Shadid. The Asianage news outlet describes the expulsion as “another example of India’s government intimidating the media.

Insiders claim that the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was “not comfortable” with Mr Shadid’s coverage of the Gujarat riots and the developing crisis and military standoff in Kashmir.

The Al Jazeera correspondent was told verbally by officials from the Ministry of External Affairs that he is no longer welcome in India. The Doha-based television network says it has already sent a replacement correspondent to the sub continent.

Asianage reports that Shadid had applied for a Press Information Bureau accreditation more than six months ago but had been declined. He was told that he would not get it but that he could, if he wanted, carry on reporting in the country without being accredited. This could have put him at a disadvantage compared with other correspondents because it would have denied him access to government briefings and facilities organized by the Press Information Bureau.

Shadid has been prominent figure on the sub continent since last October, when attacks began against Al Qa’eda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. His channel has led the reporting of the so-called ‘war on terror’ for the Arab-speaking community.

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