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NYT reporter ordered to leave country

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM

KABUL (AP):

Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent yesterday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

The attorney general's office called Matthew Rosenberg, 40, into their office Tuesday and asked him to reveal his sources, which he refused to do, the Times reported. Yesterday, the attorney general's office said the story threatened Afghanistan's stability and security, announcing that he was being expelled. The statement suggested that the reporting, which relied largely on unnamed sources, was fabricated.

The Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry and security agencies had been notified of the expulsion, the statement said.

A story on the newspaper's website yesterday said it was "appalled" by the government's decision to expel Rosenberg and stood by his story.

"Matt is a terrific reporter who reported an accurate story," said Dean Baquet, the newspaper's executive editor. "He was perfectly willing to talk to the Afghan government but obviously wasn't going to reveal his sources."

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan also "expressed concern over the acts of intimidation" against Rosenberg, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York.