Police close down Al Jazeera TV office in Tunisia amid political turmoil

Police close down Al Jazeera TV office in Tunisia amid political turmoil
Tunisian security officers hold back protesters outside the parliament building in the capital Tunis. Photo: AFP

Tunisian police on Monday closed the office of Qatari broadcaster, Al Jazeera television, in the capital Tunis amid political turmoil in the North African country, its bureau chief said.

"Around 15 policemen, some in uniform others in civilian clothes, entered our offices and asked us to leave," Al Jazeera director in Tunis Lotfi Hajji told AFP.

He said the law enforcement officers gave no reason for the actions, but confiscated the keys to the premises and forced all staff to leave.

The move came a day after President Kais Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended parliament, following a day of street protests against the government's handling of the Covid pandemic.

Hajji said the police told Al Jazeera staff "we are following orders".

"What is happening is very dangerous, it is proof that freedom of the press is threatened. Today it is Al Jazeera, another day another media," Hajji said.

AFP contacted the interior minister for further details but no immediate explanations were given for the closure of the outlet's office.

(AFP)

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