Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt

Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt
Peter Greste, Al-Jazeera's East Africa correspondent

Egyptian security forces have arrested journalists working for the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera network over alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood, the leading Islamist group that was last week branded a “terrorist” organisation, the interior ministry said.

The network said that four of its Cairo team – correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy – have been in custody since last night.

Al-Jazeera said it is demanding their immediate release.

The ministry said only two Al-Jazeera staff were arrested, an Australian journalist and a second person, a Brotherhood member. It said they were meeting at a five-star Cairo hotel that is used to “spread rumours harming national security”.

Egypt’s military-backed government has long accused Al-Jazeera of bias because Qatar is perceived to have supported the Brotherhood.

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