Egypt arrests journalist during interview in latest attack on independent media
On Sunday evening, after prosecutors questioned her, Attalah was ordered released on about $125 bail. Late Sunday, she was released from the police station, said her newspaper, Mada Masr.
By then, news of her arrest had gone viral on social media, triggering widespread calls for her release.
Attalah “was arrested for nothing more than doing journalism,” her newspaper said in a tweet. Mada Masr said that “we hold authorities responsible for her well-being and call for her immediate and unconditional release.”
The government did not respond to a request for comment on Attalah’s arrest.
In November, Egyptian security agents arrested a Mada Masr editor at his home without a warrant and confiscated his laptop, work documents and cellphone. Security agents stormed Mada Masr’s downtown Cairo office the next day and briefly arrested Attalah and two journalists.
Journalists, bloggers and social media influencers are frequent targets of the Sissi regime, which critics say is the most …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]