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Another Al Jazeera journalist arrested

2011-02-06 21:24

Doha - Another journalist working for Al Jazeera has been arrested in Cairo, the Qatar-based satellite television channel said on Sunday. Al Jazeera, which since January 30 has been banned by Egypt from reporting on the protests, said Ayman Mohyeldin "was arrested by the Egyptian military" near Tahrir Square, epicentre of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.

Mohyeldin, a US citizen, works for the network's English channel.

"We want him released immediately. Interference in the work of journalists should cease," a spokesperson for the channel said.

Al Jazeera said on Sunday that its Cairo bureau chief Abdel Fattah Fayed and another journalist, Mohammed Fawi, had been released after being arrested the previous day.

A third journalist detained at the same time, Ahmed Yousef, is reportedly still being held.

The channel said on Friday that unidentified gunmen had ransacked its Cairo bureau and destroyed equipment there.

The channel said nine of its journalists were briefly detained on Friday - dubbed by protesters the "day of departure" for Mubarak - and its broadcast signal faced "unprecedented levels of interference".

Last Sunday, the Egyptian information ministry ordered Al Jazeera - which has given saturation coverage to the ongoing protests in Cairo - to halt its operations and stripped its staff of their credentials.