Al Jazeera slams arrest of its scribes in Cairo

December 31, 2013 - 4:50:49 am

DOHA: Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) yesterday condemned the “arbitrary” arrest of four of its journalists by Egyptian authorities on Sunday. 

The Doha-based network demanded their immediate and unconditional release, said a press statement.

The journalists were working for Al Jazeera English television channel. They are Peter Greste, award-winning Nairobi-based correspondent; AJE Bureau Chief, Mohamed Fahmy; Cairo-based producer Baher Mohamed, and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy.

An AJMN spokesperson said: “We condemn the arbitrary arrest of Al Jazeera English journalists working in Cairo and demand their immediate and unconditional release. 

“Al Jazeera has been subject to harassment by Egyptian security forces which have arrested our colleagues, confiscated our equipment and raided our offices though we are not officially banned from working there.”

According to AJMN, the arrests follow a period of sustained intimidation of Al Jazeera staff and targeting property and coverage since the military coup in July, in which democratically elected president Mohammed Mursi was thrown out of power and put behind bar.

The arrests are part of what Reporters without Borders has called “growing hostility” towards journalists in Egypt.

There has also been a campaign against Al Jazeera in particular. Its offices were raided in August and security forces seized equipment which have not yet be returned. Al Jazeera called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately its staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment. The Peninsula

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