News / Middle East

    Egypt Arrests Al Jazeera Journalists

    Al Jazeera reports that its journalists--(clockwise from bottom left) Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fawzy--are being held after being arrested by Egyptian security forces on Sunday, Dec. 29. (Al Jazeera)
    Al Jazeera reports that its journalists--(clockwise from bottom left) Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fawzy--are being held after being arrested by Egyptian security forces on Sunday, Dec. 29. (Al Jazeera)
    Edward Yeranian
    Qatar-based Al Jazeera television reports that four of its journalists were arrested after the Egyptian interior ministry accused them of broadcasting illegally from a Cairo hotel.

    It's not the first time Egyptian security forces have detained journalists from Al Jazeera TV, but the latest arrests are creating anxiety among the international press corps.

    The Egyptian interior ministry accused the four Al Jazeera English journalists, who were detained over the weekend, of meeting with Muslim Brotherhood figures. Egypt's interim government officially declared the opposition Brotherhood a “terrorist group” last week.

    An Al Jazeera spokeswoman said the network asked Egyptian authorities to release the journalists since Al Jazeera has not officially been banned from operating in the country.

    "Jazeera media network condemns the arbitrary arrests of the Al Jazeera English journalists Mohamed Fahmi, Peter Greste, Fahem Mohamed and Mohamed Fawzi, and we call on their immediate and unconditional release," said Aya Elwadia. "The Al Jazeera media network has been subject to harassment by Egyptian security forces which have arrested our colleagues, confiscated their equipment and raided our offices, despite that we're not officially banned from working there."

    Egyptian media has been increasingly critical of foreign press organizations, especially Al Jazeera for what it claims is “biased reporting” in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Posters denouncing the network can be seen in parts of Cairo, with the slogan "the camera lies."

    Egyptian officials have accused Al Jazeera of exaggerating the size of demonstrations, overinflating casualty figures, and using incendiary language to create strife.

    Veteran Egyptian editor and publisher Hisham Kassem believes Al Jazeera has “lost a great deal of prestige” in recent years by not maintaining neutral coverage, but says Egyptian officials went overboard in arresting the four journalists.

    "It's a stupid mistake. In no way should the Egyptian government have responded in this way," Kassem said. "I don't think Egyptians need somebody to guide them like the Egyptian government is doing by denying Jazeera operations and I really think the station should be allowed to operate freely, with all my reservations against it and that it's become very biased and unprofessional.”

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported that conditions "deteriorated dramatically” in Egypt in 2013. Six journalists were killed there in 2013.

    You May Like

    Video For Many US Veterans, the Vietnam War Continues

    More than 40 years after it ended, war in Vietnam and America’s role in it continue to provoke bitter debate, especially among those who fought in it

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    100 immigrants graduated Friday as US citizens in New York, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in cities across country

    Family's Fight Pays Off With Arlington Cemetery Burial Rights for WASPs

    Policy that allowed the Women Airforce Service Pilots veterans to receive burial rites at Arlington had been revoked in 2015

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Dr. Simon C. from: UK
    December 30, 2013 12:46 PM
    the British might think that cuddling Islamic terrorists on their territory might buy them time or even immunity from the atrocities they visit on other democratic nation... but we all know that that is a false hope... Britain is decaying faster than most... the BBC is indistinguishable from Al Jazeera or any other terrorist propaganda... I personally think that Britain is envy Israel... and its jealousy is expressed by acrimony...

    by: Doreen H. from: USA
    December 30, 2013 11:12 AM
    Al Jazeera is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Hamas axis of evil...
    and the more i read about Egypt the more i like the Egyptian Government. who knows more than they do how to deal with these terrorist?? The Islamic terrorists thought they had found a loophole in "journalism" as cover to inject their malevolence into a peaceful society... Al Jazeera is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Hamas axis of evil

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    December 30, 2013 8:15 AM
    Journalists from Al Jazeera can be regarded as complimentary terrorists. In all, journalists who engage in sympathy reporting bias in favor of jihadists and terrorists should be regarded as terrorists. But because they are terrorizing with the pen and often incite rather assuage and mitigate situations, they compliment the acts of terror fueling those who now carry out terror activities with impunity. I watch what Al Jazeera reports in their main stations - Doha and London, the anti Semitic position, the praise of terrorists and the acrimonious reportage especially involving Israel on the Palestinian issues. Now, was it not a grave mistake to send a Muslim Brotherhood agent into Egypt just waking up to the ban on the organization in the country?

    Remove complementary terrorism and the axis of terror will be reduced. Actual terror is fueled and given rein by complementary terrorism, and that is rife in all of Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Conference nations. Something must be done about complementary terrorist if terrorism must stop. Egypt has taken the first step, let other countries that harbor and support these pen-terrorists fall in line in France, England Germany, and USA, and terrorism will die a natural death.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora