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Egyptian Christian journalist detained for inciting sectarian strife

Bishoy Armia, reporting for a US-based Christian TV channel, has been arrested and accused of alledgedly inciting religious conflict in Upper Egypt's Minya governerate; he will be detained for 15 days pending investigation

Ahram Online, Friday 6 Dec 2013
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The Minya prosecution ordered the detention of a correspondent reportedly working for a US-based Christian television station for 15 days on charges of inciting religious strife between Muslims and Christians.The journalist, Bishoy Armia, has also been charged with impersonating a journalist, conducting interviews with citizens, and photographing military and security buildings without a security permit, according to Ahram's Arabic news website.

Security forces arrested Armia last Friday in El Badrman village, in Upper Egypt's Minya governerate, where sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians raged throughout last week following a contraversial relationship between a Muslim girl and a Christian boy.

According to security reports, Armia was working as a journalist without a permit.

The 32-year-old journalist made headlines in 2008 when he lobbied to have his religion changed on his national identification card from Islam to Christianity, after converting and subsequently changing his name from Mohamed Hegazy to Bishoy Armia.

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