The Supreme State Security Prosecution in Egypt renewed the detention of two journalists, who were recently arrested while covering protests in Giza and Luxor.
The State Security Prosecution decided to detain journalist Islam Muhammad Ezzat, known as “Islam Al-Kalhi”, for 15 days in preventive detention.
Al-Kalhi was charged with joining a terrorist group, publishing and broadcasting false news, and misusing social media.
The security forces arrested Islam Al-Kalhi on the ninth of last September, while covering the events of protests by the people of Al-Muneeb in Giza, near Cairo, over the killing of a young man whom the police accused of killing him.
In the same context, the State Security Prosecution decided to imprison the journalist Basma Mustafa for 15 days pending investigation, on charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release the journalist Basma Mostafa.
Basma had disappeared Saturday morning, while covering – on the island of Awamiya in Luxor Governorate – protests against the killing of citizen Awais Al-Rawi, whose family accuses the police of being behind his death.
Al-Rawi’s death sparked protests in which the participants chanted slogans against the Ministry of Interior, and security forces intervened to disperse the protesters.
Last Friday, Amnesty International called on the Egyptian authorities to release hundreds of demonstrators, who were arrested during protests called by activists in the framework of the September 20 movement.
Two people were killed during those protests, and Amnesty International confirmed that 500 people are still in detention, while about 70 of the minors who were arrested during the same events have been released.