#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – may 31 – A female freelance journalist working for the satellite news network al-Jazeera in Egypt has been arrested, the interior ministry has said.
Rasha Gafaar was detained at a flat in the Suez Canal city of Port Said where she was allegedly sending videos to an affiliate of the Qatar-based network.
Al-Jazeera has been banned from operating inside Egypt.
Four of its journalists are in prison accused of airing false news and to aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
A fourth al-Jazeera reporter, Abdullah al-Shami, who works for the network’s Arabic channel, has been detained since August but not charged. He is on a hunger strike.
The interior ministry said police had raided the home of Ms Gafaar and confiscated a laptop, a mobile phone and other equipment.
It said her material had been aired by al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, an Egypt-focused affiliate of the network.
The ministry also accused her of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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