Here is the full statement from the Qatar-based network:
Tunisian security forces raided Al Jazeera Media Network’s offices in Tunis and expelled all journalists. At least 10 security guards broke into the office without a warrant, confiscated office keys, and did not allow reporters to return to the building to collect their belongings.
Security personnel did not explain why the office was searched, simply saying that they were following orders.
Al Jazeera considers this action by the Tunisian authorities to be a worrying escalation and fears that it may hamper fair and objective coverage of the events unfolding in the country. Al Jazeera calls on the Tunisian authorities to allow its journalists to operate unhindered and to practice their profession without fear or intimidation.
The Network appreciates the solidarity of human rights organizations and the media in their condemnation of these actions against the Al Jazeera office in Tunisia.
In a world where the media and journalists face growing threats, Al Jazeera sees this as an attack on press freedom as a whole.