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Tens protest Egyptian journalist detention in Sudan

Al-Watan's journalist Shaimaa Adel remains detained in Sudan, while tens demand her release in a protest at the Sudanese embassy in Cairo. Earlier reports of her release prove false

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jul 2012
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Tens gathered by the Sudanese embassy in Cairo Saturday as Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel remains detained in Khartoum for a fifth day.

The reporter for Egyptian private newspaper Al-Watan was detained by Sudan's security forces 3 July while she was sitting at an internet cafe in the Sudanese capital. An earlier announcement by the spokesperson for the Sudanese embassy in Egypt falsely claimed her release on 4 July.

Tens gathered Saturday at the Sudanese embassy's headquarters in Egypt to demand her release. Adel's mother, present at the protest, promised to go on hunger strike if her daughter wasn't released.

According to Adel's mother, her daughter has covered both the Libyan and Syrian revolutions. She was injured in the latter.

No official statement came from the embassy in reaction to the protest.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights (ANHR) released a statement condemning the arrest of the reporter and severely blamed Egypt's foreign ministry for failing to protect Egyptian citizens abroad.

Adel is the second Egyptian journalist to be arrested in less than two weeks in Khartoum while covering popular anti-regime protests.

Egyptian journalist Salma El-Wardani, who reports for the Bloomberg news agency, was detained on 21 June while covering anti-austerity protests at Khartoum University.

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