Head of Iranian Al-Alam Channel Cairo office arrested

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Nov 2013

The Iranian news channel is already accused of operating in Egypt without license and providing other channels with transmission, its Cairo office head repeatedly questioned

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.

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