Al Jazeera sees office shuttered


Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera said late Thursday it has been forced to close its Mogadishu office "without explanation" by the Somali interim government (HR 3/23).

Al Jazeera, which had the only permanent news offices in the Somali capital, said it will continue to cover events in Somalia from other sources and locations.

"The committee for the national security council of the Somali interim government ordered that the Al Jazeera office in Mogadishu stop its operation as of today, Thursday, March 22, 2007, without giving any explanations or reasons behind the decision," Al Jazeera director general Wadah Khanfar said in a statement.