Egypt foreign ministry in talks with Sudan for journalist's release
Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jun 2012
Mohamed Kamel Amr is instructing Egypt's Khartoum embassy to work for the release of former Ahram Online reporter Salma El-Wardany, arrested on Thursday while covering protests

Egypt's foreign ministry is holding intensive talks with Sudanese officials to demand the release of detained Egyptian journalist Salma El-Wardany.

Egypt's Foreign Minister, Mohamed Kamel Amr, has told the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum to make urgent contact with Sudanese authorities to secure the release of El-Wardany and ensure her safe return to Cairo.

El-Wardany, 25, is a Bloomberg reporter arrested on Thursday morning while covering protests in Sudan, now in their fifth day. She was previously a business reporter at Ahram Online.

El-Wardany was arrested along with blogger Maha El-Senussi while covering demonstrations at the University of Khartoum.

News of El-Wardany’s arrest has spread quickly on the internet. Activists are calling for a solidarity protest in front of the Sudan embassy in Cairo's Garden City at 5pm.