French reporter to be expelled from Iraq: RSF

22nd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 21 (AFP) - A female French journalist is being expelled from Iraq, but the decision has yet to be formally announced by authorities here, the media rights group Reporters without Borders reported on Tuesday.

PARIS, June 21 (AFP) - A female French journalist is being expelled from Iraq, but the decision has yet to be formally announced by authorities here, the media rights group Reporters without Borders reported on Tuesday.

Anne-Sophie Le Mauff contacted the group, known by its French acronym RSF, to inform them of the measure, adding: "Iraqi interior ministry officials explained that they were acting at the request of French authorities."

RSF slammed what it called an unacceptable action against Le Mauff, "who has worked in Iraq for more than a year, in particular for the French dailies L'Humanite and Sud-Ouest, Radio Monte-Carlo, Radio Vatican and Radio Canada".

French Ambassador to Iraq Bernard Bajolet claimed to have just been informed of the affair and said he had asked Iraqi authorities for more information.

On June 12, French journalist Florence Aubenas was freed after spending five months as a hostage.

© AFP

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