Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Al Jazeera journalist, Mahmoud Hussein, for another 45 days, on charges of inciting chaos and broadcasting false news, charges his employer denies.
Hussein was arrested on December 20 when he arrived in Egypt, on charges of attempting to overthrow the government and being a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood officials and Al Jazeera said.
He had been stopped and interrogated in Cairo airport when he arrived in Egypt, but was set free before police raided his house and detained him once more.
Al Jazeera reported that the decision to extend the detention was made at a court hearing on Saturday, but only made public on Sunday.
Hussein was allowed to meet members of his family on Saturday, having previously been denied the right to do so, according to his lawyers.
Doha Centre for Media Freedom is disappointed at the decision taken by the Egyptian authorities to extend the detention of Al Jazeera journalist, Mahmoud Hussein by another 45 days.
This is the fourth time that the journalist’s detention has been extended, and his legal team have reported that he has been denied access to family members and has been mistreated during his detention.
We believe that this detention is part of a systematic campaign against media to repress freedom of expression and silence free and professional press voices.
DCMF repeats calls for Hussein’s immediate release and urges the authorities to respect their commitment to protecting freedom of expression.
Source: DCMF, Al Jazeera