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Police shut Al Jazeera TV's Tunis office

The move came a day after President Kais Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended parliament

AFP , Monday 26 Jul 2021
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Tunisian police on Monday closed the office of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera television in the capital Tunis, its bureau chief said, amid political turmoil in the North African country.

"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".

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