Woman said to be Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt
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Woman said to be Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt

Broadcaster confirms the arrest, but won't say if suspect is an employee; 3 of its journalists currently on trial in Egypt

Al-Jazeera America newsroom in New York (photo credit: AP/Bebeto Matthews/File)
Al-Jazeera America newsroom in New York (photo credit: AP/Bebeto Matthews/File)

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested a female freelance reporter for allegedly sending footage to the local affiliate of Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

In a statement sent to reporters Friday, the ministry said police raided her home in the coastal city of Port Said and confiscated streaming devices, a laptop and a mobile phone with videos that Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr allegedly used.

The Arabic website of the Doha-based satellite network confirmed the arrest, saying the woman had been detained Wednesday, but did not say whether or not she was an employee.

Three journalists from Al-Jazeera English are currently on trial in Egypt, accused of airing false news, and of belonging to and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, which has been designated a terrorist group.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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