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Monday, September 26, 2005

The Free Press

A dangerous precedent has been set:
[Spain's High Court] sentenced Al Jazeera journalist Tayseer Alouni to seven years in prison for collaborating with a terrorist group, a decision that drew strong criticism from the Arab broadcaster and international media groups. [...] The Arab satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera denounced the sentencing of Alouni, who interviewed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shortly after the September 11 attacks. "This is a black day for the Spanish judiciary which has deviated from all the norms of international justice," Al Jazeera news editor Ahmed al-Sheikh told the station. A European media watchdog said the decision to jail him would set alarm bells ringing among investigative journalists. "Journalists have always investigated terrorist groups and their activities. It's part of our job," Jean-Francois Julliard, news editor of the Paris-based watchdog Reporters without Borders.

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