Egypt: Al Jazeera journalists arrested for spreading rumors and false news

Al Jazeera

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Al Jazeera said Egyptian security forces arrested
three of its journalists after the interior ministry accused the Qatar-based television
channel of broadcasting illegally from a hotel suite together with a member of the
Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Jazeera’s offices in Cairo have been closed since July 3 when they were raided by
security forces hours after the army ousted the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy from
the presidency.

“State security received information that a member of the (Brotherhood) used two
suites in a Cairo hotel to hold meetings with other members of the organization and
turned the suites into a press center,” the Interior Ministry said.

“(They) made live broadcasts of news that harms homeland security, spreading
rumors and false news to Qatar’s Al Jazeera channel without permits.”

A member of the Brotherhood and an Australian journalist who works for Al Jazeera
were arrested and equipment was seized, including broadcast transmitters, the
Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Al Jazeera itself said three of its journalists had been arrested, a correspondent, a
producer and a cameraman.

“Correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed as well
as cameraman Mohamed Fawzy are being held in custody after arrested by security
forces on Sunday evening,” the network said in a statement, according to a news
report by Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabia.

Qatar was a strong financial backer of the Brotherhood’s rule. Its relationship with
Cairo has deteriorated in recent months as it vehemently opposes the army’s
overthrow of Morsy and the crackdown on his movement that has followed.

Since Mursi’s ouster, Egypt has faced some of its worst violence in decades, which
the government has blamed on Islamic militants. It declared the Brotherhood a
terrorist group last week and has arrested thousands of its members, including Morsy.

Source: Egypt Independent