Doha 31st December 201: Four Al Jazeera English journalists based in Cairo were detained by Egyptian security forces on Sunday night.
Award-winning Nairobi based correspondent Peter Greste, AJE bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo based producer Baher Mohamed as well as cameraman Mohamed Fawzy are being held in custody.
The arrests follow a period of sustained intimidation towards Al Jazeera staff, property and coverage since the military coup in July.
Commenting on the latest arrests, Al Jazeera Media Network’s spokesperson said: “We condemn the arbitrary arrest of Al Jazeera English journalists working in Cairo and demand their immediate and unconditional release. Al Jazeera Media Network has been subject to harassment by Egyptian security forces which has arrested of our colleagues, confiscated our equipment and raided our offices despite that we are not officially banned from working there.”
These 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, as the channel’s offices were raided in August and security forces seized equipment which has yet to be returned.
Al Jazeera calls for the Egyptian authorities to immediately release all our staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment.
Source: AL JAZEERA MEDIA NETWORK