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Reporters Entered Libya Illegally are Considered ``Al Qaida Collaborators``: Libya

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ohio (PanOrient News) Senior Libyan government officials told U.S. diplomats that some reporters had entered the country illegally and that the Libyan government now considered these reporters Al Qaida collaborators, the U.S. State Department said today.

Some members of CNN, BBC Arabic and Al Arabiya would be allowed into the country to report on the current situation, the Libyan officials said.

The Libyan government said that it was not responsible for the safety of these journalists, who risked immediate arrest on the full range of possible immigration charges. Foreign journalists already in Libya who are not part of the approved teams were urged to immediately join the approved teams in-country, the U.S. State Department advised.

"Be advised, entering Libya to report on the events unfolding there is additionally hazardous with the government labeling unauthorized media as terrorist collaborators and claiming they will be arrested if caught."

Photo: Libyan state-run TV warns Libyan viewers to be aware of "biased information" spread, and "conspiracies" plotted by some TV networks "against the Libyan people."

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