Reuters journalist expelled from Syria

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A Reuters journalist has been expelled from Syria after authorities accused him of filing "unprofessional and false" reports on the country's unrest, the agency reported on its website Sunday.

Senior correspondent Khaled Yacoub Oweis, a Jordanian national, worked in Damascus from February 2006 until Friday, when he was asked to leave by the information ministry.

"Your accreditation has been withdrawn and you are being expelled because of your unprofessional and false news," the agency quoted a senior ministry official telling the reporter. "You have to leave immediately."

The agency defended its output and vowed to continue reporting on the protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which erupted in the south of the country a week ago.

Stephen Adler, the agency's editor-in-chief, said: "We regret the decision by the Syrian government to exclude our correspondent.

"We stand by our coverage and are committed to continuing our accurate and impartial reporting about Syria."

© 2011 AFP

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