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Ivory Coast's Gbagbo threatens international media

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo threatens international media

The Ivorian leader refusing to cede power has warned international journalists that they would be considered accomplices to terrorists if they don't do a more balanced job of reporting the country's political crisis.
In a statement read on state television, Ahoua Don Mello, a spokesman for sitting president Laurent Gbagbo, accused journalists of fabricating last week's shelling of civilians in an Abidjan neighborhood. The United Nations said the attack could constitute a crime against humanity.
Gbagbo also accused the media of refusing to report atrocities committed by forces loyal to his opponent, Alassane Ouattara, in the country's West.
He warned the press that if they didn't do a better job of reporting, they would be dealt with like the U.N. peacekeepers, who have been repeatedly attacked by pro-Gbagbo mobs.