al jazeera quits ramallah 248.88 ap.
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RABAT, Morocco — Moroccan authorities reported on Friday they have suspended all activities of Al-Jazeera television for allegedly tarnishing the North African country's image with its reporting.
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The official MAP news agency says the decision by the Communications Ministry to withdraw the accreditation for the broadcaster's staff takes effect immediately.
Al-Jazeera's bureau chief in Morocco, Abdelkader Kharoubi, said that despite the announcement, the dialogue with the authorities continues.
A ministry statement Friday complained over Qatar-based broadcaster's coverage of the disputed Western Sahara territory.
Western Sahara is a mineral-rich former Spanish colony located south of
Morocco on Africa's northwest coast. Morocco took control of it in
1979, four years after the Spanish pulled out. The Saharawi people seek
independence, and a truce has held since 1991 between a rebel group and