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RIM's CEO Halts BBC Interview Following 'Unfair' Question

Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis stopped an interview with BBC Click mid-way because of questions about the company's BlackBerry Smartphone which he deemed were not fair.

When asked by BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones about the on-going tiff between RIM and Middle Eastern and Asian countries, Lazaridis became angry at the 'unfair' nature of the question.

He said that the interview was over and asked the camera to be turned off. Referring to Middle East and India's demands for higher access to BlackBerry's messenger and email features, Cellan-Jones asked Lazaridis whether he could promise that BlackBerry services won't be disrupted in those countries.

Lazaridis on the other hand responded by saying that it not an appropriate request and added that it was a national security matter, before stopping the on-going interview.

“Suddenly, the atmosphere in the room chilled, Mr Lazaridis told me my question was unfair, and his PR executive informed us that the interview was over. We were there, apparently, to discuss the new product and nothing else,” Cellan-Jones wrote on his blog (opens in new tab).

“RIM is not alone amongst technology firms in wanting to exert tight control over its message but it seems surprising that the company would not address an issue of great interest to its customers across India and the Middle East,” he added.

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