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Egypt police raid radio station, detain rights advocate

AP , Saturday 4 Apr 2015
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The head of an Egyptian human rights organisation says he is being held in a central Cairo police station following a police raid on the group's online radio station.

Ahmed Samih, director of the Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, says police told him Saturday he is under investigation for broadcasting without a license on the web radio platform Horytna.

"One of the main questions was around our political affiliation," he said in a phone call, adding that the radio station is not affiliated with a political party and is focused on human rights.

An evolving crackdown on dissent has landed thousands of government critics behind bars and silenced many dissenting voices. Authorities contend they are fighting a violent wave of Islamic militancy that aims to destabilise the country.

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