Two journalists working for Al-Jazeera television have been arrested in an area of Mali controlled by government forces, the defence ministry said Tuesday.
No information was immediately available about the identity of the two journalists who a defence ministry official said were arrested at the weekend in Segou in south-central Mali.
Segou lies far south of the northern zones of Mali occupied by Islamist extremist groups including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.
The official said the pair had been given accreditation to go to the town of Sevare in the Mopti region near the limit of the areas under government control but that Malian authorities had information they were trying to go to Goa, one of the main towns in the rebel-held area.
"They were detained in Segou to obtain precise details about their intentions," the official said.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera.© ANP/AFP