The head of Iranian Al-Alam Channel's Cairo office and Al-Ahram journalist Ahmed El-Sioufi was arrested on Thursday, after having been repeatedly summoned by National Security regarding the channel's broadcasting license.
El-Sioufi's son Khaled wrote on his Facebook account Thursday that his father had been arrested earlier by National Security and that accompanying police forces had raided their home. Khaled El-Sioufi added that he had not heard from his father since.
"Al-Alam Channel has been facing a lot of trouble lately and is accused of broadcasting without a license," Karim Abdel-Rady, a researcher at the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, told Ahram Online.
Over the past months, El-Sioufi was repeatedly summoned and released following questioning as "the channel was also providing transmission on the NileSat to air other channels [facing a broadcasting ban] including Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr," Abdel-Rady explained.
"This is the first time that Ahmed El-Sioufi is arrested this way," the same source said, adding that the journalist's lawyers were waiting for further details about this arrest.
The Al-Alam Channel Cairo office has also been raided a number of times since July by security forces.