Egypt: PPF concerned over detention of Al Jazeera journalist in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Al Jazeera journalists, Mahmoud Hussein, in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, on 25 December.

In the letter, PPF Secretary General, Owais Aslam Ali, urged the government of Egypt to properly investigate the case and bring specific charges against the Al Jazeera journalist, failing which, he must be released immediately.

According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Egyptian security forces arrested Hussein upon his return from Qatar last Tuesday and during a visit with his family in Egypt, adding that two of his brothers were also arrested.

They were all taken to an unknown place.

The state security prosecution committed Hussein to prison for 15 days on charges of “disseminating false news and rumours about Egypt’s internal affairs and fabricating media reports,” ANHRI reported.

ANHRI quoted the PPF as telling the authorities in Egypt to review its record on press freedom and called on the President to ensure that the sanctity of press freedom remains intact.
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28 december 2016 14:35:21

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