Libya - next target of al Jazeera?
Sources at Al-Jazeera TV channel have denied press reports regarding its intention to air programs "against Libya or programs that would affect the security and stability of that country." These sources added that "Al Jazeera is working according to disciplined and ethical editorial policy."
Earlier, Libyan press sources said that the Qatar-based channel started its preparations for a new program aimed at "undermining stability and security in the streets of Libya." A Libyan official who refused to be named was quoted as saying that the channel has started to work on the programs which would "affect the behavior of the Libyan citizen."
He added that the channel is preparing to produce programs that "rely on the incitement of Libyan youth movements."
Meanwhile, a senior Libyan official dismissed reports that Tripoli was behind the largest blocking of transmission suffered by Al-Jazeera in recent days because of its biased coverage of the events in Egypt. The source stated "Libyan officials had told officials of the channel and Qatari officials that Libya does not stand behind this issue."
An Arabic newspaper reported the Al Jazeera officials contacted the Secretary of Libyan People's Bureau in Doha Hassouna Chaouch and protested against what they described as the involvement of Libya in the disrupting of the broadcasts.