Egyptian reporter Ismail Alexandrani held on unknown charges



    Egyptian reporter Ismail Alexandrani held on unknown charges

    Dec 1, Cairo: Ismail Alexandrani, an award-winning Egyptian investigative journalist and sociopolitical researcher has been arrested after being questioned at Hurghada International Airport, his wife said.

    Khadeega Gafar said that the accusations or charges against him have still not been revealed.

    Alexandrani, 32, was taken for questioning at 1pm on Sunday as he flew into Hurghada from Berlin, said Khadeega Gafar, Al Jazeera reported. He had participated in a conference on counterterrorism in Berlin recently, said Gafar.

    Since 2013, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on freedom of expression after the ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Angelita Baeyens, programmes director at the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation in Washington DC, said that Egypt's crackdown on free speech is of "deep concern.

    More than 3,700 civilians have been charged in military courts since October 2014, when President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expanded the jurisdiction of military courts for a two-year period, according to Human Rights Watch.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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