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Activists Want Release of Memo with Alleged Al-Jazeera Threat


A journalist rights group has called for the release of a British memo in which President Bush allegedly suggests bombing the headquarters of Al-Jazeera television.

The British newspaper Daily Mirror reported Tuesday that the memo documents a 2004 conversation between Mr. Bush and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair. It said Mr. Blair talked Mr. Bush out of a possible attack.

Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday it finds it hard to believe that Mr. Bush really discussed bombing the Arabic broadcaster, which is based in Qatar. But it said releasing the memo would end the controversy.

Al-Jazeera also called on the two nations to confirm if the memo is authentic.

The Mirror and two other newspapers say Britain's government has threatened legal action against those who publish details of the leaked memo.

Britain's government has declined comment on the issue. And a White House spokesman said officials will not respond to what he termed "something so outlandish and inconceivable."

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AFP.

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