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NYSE bans Al-Jazeera scribes

The US military officials had also criticised Al-Jazeera for giving extensive coverage to widespread Arab criticism of the war.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2003 14:12 IST

Al-Jazeera,the Arabic-language TV network,has said the New York Stock Exchange is banning its reporters--a move the station attributed to its reports on the Iraq war.

"Al-Jazeera has received an official letter from the New York Stock Exchange informing it that the station's financial reporters can no longer present their reports from the exchange," the satellite channel reported on Monday on its morning financial broadcast.

The station reported that the letter said the exchange wanted to limit the number of television stations covering the exchange. But Al-Jazeera,which has been covering the NYSE for years,said it was believed to be the only channel affected by the action.

The station said the action occurred "because of Al-Jazeera's coverage of the war on Iraq."

New York Stock Exchange spokesman Ray Pellecchia cited "security reasons" for the ban. He said the exchange had decided to limit the number of broadcasters in the stock exchange building and said it is "focusing its efforts on broadcasters that focus on responsible business coverage."

However, he couldn't name any other news organisation hat had also been banned. He did not link the move to Al-Jazeera's war coverage.

US military officials on Sunday criticised Al-Jazeera for carrying an Iraqi television images of US Prisoners of War (POWs) and the station has given extensive coverage to widespread Arab criticism of the US war effort.

The station said the exchange withdrew the press card of Al-Jazeera reporter Ammar al-Sankari and ordered its other reporter, Ramzi Shiber, to hand over his press card.

First Published: Mar 25, 2003 13:37 IST