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Arab Journalists Protest Report Bush Wanted to Bomb Al-Jazeera

24 November 2005

Staff from Arabic television station al-Jazeera protested Thursday around the Middle East in the wake of a British news report that alleged President Bush considered bombing the channel's headquarters last year.

Dozens of al-Jazeera reporters and staff members demonstrated outside the station's headquarters in Doha, Qatar and in other cities. They called for an investigation into the allegations raised in the Daily Mirror article, which was based on an allegedly leaked official memorandum.

In Cairo, Beirut and Gaza City, al-Jazeera staffers were joined by colleagues from other Arab media.

The White House has dismissed the tabloid report as "outlandish and inconceivable."

After its front-page story Tuesday, the Daily Mirror and two other British papers said Britain's government threatened them with legal action if they publish further details of the top secret document.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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