SA journalist detained in Egypt

2013-08-30 07:29
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Cape Town - A South African journalist has reportedly been detained without charge in Egypt.

Eyewitness News reported that cameraman and photojournalist Adil Bradlow was part of an Al Jazeera crew detained by Egyptian authorities since Tuesday.

They were covering events in Cairo for the news network when they were taken into custody.

According to EWN, it is still not exactly clear why they were detained.

Growing hostility towards journalists

Al Jazeera Africa Bureau chief Thembisa Fakude confirmed to eNCA that a crew had been detained.

According to Al Jazeera's website, Bradlow was detained along with correspondent Wayne Hay and producer Russ Finn. Another two Al Jazeera correspondents are also in detention in Egypt, with one having been in custody for over a month.

"There has also been a campaign against Al Jazeera in particular, as the channel's offices were raided last month and security forces seized equipment which has yet to be returned. Al Jazeera calls for the Egyptian authorities to release all our staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment."

These arrests are part of what Reporters Without Borders has called "growing hostility" towards journalists in Egypt, Al Jazeera said.

Family concerned

Bradlow's family would be asking the international relations department for assistance.

Bradlow's long-time friend Benny Gool told EWN that the family is worried. "The family has been informed and obviously everyone is concerned. We also know Adil is strong in these situations and we're hoping for the best.

"From what we understand… he was detained while filming something that he was not supposed to be filming."

Read more on:    al jazeera  |  egypt  |  egypt protests  |  north africa  |  media  |  egypt crisis

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