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Alleged Al Jazeera journalist arrested in Port Said

Female journalist arrested in Port Said on charges of airing false news, says the interior ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 30 May 2014
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Rasha Gafaar, an alleged employee of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian authorities have arrested what they say is a female member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was broadcasting videos for Qatar's Al Jazeera network, the interior ministry said on Friday.

The woman – referred to as Rash S. – was arrested on Wednesday at an apartment in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, where she was allegedly broadcasting videos directly for the network's Egyptian channel, the ministry and state news agency MENA said.

MENA earlier identified the woman as a reporter of the Qatar-owned channel and said prosecutors ordered her to be detained for 15 days pending investigations on allegations of airing false news about Egypt.

The defendant has "admitted to illegally broadcasting videos to Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr in return for an amount of money," read the ministry's statement.

During the arrest, officials seized her broadcasting equipment as well as print materials inciting against the army, some of which displayed the four-fingered Rabaa sign, a symbol used by supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi since his ouster last July.

Officials of Al Jazeera could not be immediately reached for comment friday.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the Qatar-based networking, accusing it of bias in favour of the Brotherhood and Morsi. The Qatari broadcaster has repeatedly denied the claims. All the network's offices in Egypt were shut down following Morsi's ouster – although the channel, broadcast from Doha, can still be viewed inside Egypt. 

Most pressingly, several of the station's reporters have been rounded up by police and detained.

Abdullah El-Shamy, an Al Jazaera journalist who has been in jail for nine months, has been on hunger strike for over four months to protest his detention. Local and international rights groups have called for his release.

Three other Al Jazeera journalists who work for the network's English-language channel have been held in Egypt since December while facing trial for charges including airing false news and aiding or joining the Brotherhood, which was outlawed in the same month.

Seventeen other co-defendants face the same charges in the trial, which will resume on 1 June.

The trial has sparked an international outcry, with the US, European Union and international rights groups and news organisations calling for the release of the men.

 
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Ostasia
31-05-2014 06:02pm
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Al-Jazeera=Al-Qaeda channel
Mouthpiece for Terrorist groups, the only channel receiving tapes from Informant of Bin Laden and others - of course western agents all of them. But the average "jihadi" is too brainwashed to see this. Ayman and Allen - agree! They should all be thrown in jail for incitement and illegal broadcast. Someone brief Amanpour on CNN about this too because she keeps harping about "freedom of press". If there's so much freedom at CNN, then why don't they interview Whistleblowers? Egypt, stay on this path, you are right to do this to protect your country. And Mustafeez - laughable. I feel sorry for you guys.
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ayman
31-05-2014 01:16pm
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Serious action needed immediately
There is no "alleged". Al-Jazeera admits that she was their reporter, although Al-Jazeera does not have any permission to broadcast from Egypt. These are grounds to sue Al-Jazeera for an illegal broadcast and inciting violence by glorifying acts of rioting, bombing and assassinations by the MB and hosting MB members on their channels talking about "fighting the coup".
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Allen
31-05-2014 08:00am
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More reason to keep Al Jazeera " journalists" in jail for being the terrorists mouth peace.
A pathetic woman conspiring against his nation. How desperate can you get???
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Mustafeez
30-05-2014 09:01pm
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Now its TimesUp for CC
CC is trying to do his last fight. But TimesUP for CC. Now again MB .
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