Sunday, May 6, 2007
Iranian parliament bans Al-Jazeera reporters over perceived insults
"Iran's parliament has banned Al-Jazeera television reporters from entering the group's building to protest perceived insults by the network against Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported Sunday.
The controversy started last week when the Egyptian host of an Al-Jazeera talk show, Ahmed Mansour, questioned Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's leadership credentials and whether he authored his own religious edicts.
The Majlis (parliament) has decided to ban reporters of the network from
enentering until it formally offers an apology over insulting Ayatollah Sistani, IRNA quoted the parliament speaker, Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, as saying.
"We strongly support Shiite clerics, especially Ayatollah Sistani," he added......"