Journalists left a press conference in protest after Islamist Tunisian Member of Parliament Seifeddine Makhlouf made remarks about Al Arabiya and other reporters, a video widely shared on social media Friday showed.
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“I would like to welcome you all, welcome to the local and international press. Welcome to you, and to the ones who are not present,” the president of the al-Karam bloc is heard saying. “Al Arabiya, Al Hadath, Al Ghad, and Sky News, they can go to my page and they'll find a livestream.”
His remarks were met with giggles from several members of his entourage, but the reporters did not accept what they witnessed.
“He's pitting us against our colleagues, this is not funny,” one person was heard saying. “Al Arabiya and Al Hadath journalists are Tunisian, they are our colleagues and they work with us. They are Tunisian journalists and we will defend them. This is not funny.”
Journalists then proceeded to collect their recording devices from the podium where Makhlouf was speaking then they walked out the door.