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Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera journalist for seventh time



Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera journalist for seventh time

There seems o be no reprieve in sight for Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after Egyptian authorities extended his detention for the seventh time in a row pending further findings.

Five days after his initial arrest, Egypt’s interior ministry accused him of “disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state’s reputation”.

Since then, his detention has been renewed six times.

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Reports say Hussein has been held in solitary confinement for more than two months, during which time he was denied visits, including by his lawyers.

Al Jazeera Media Network has said it holds the Egyptian authorities responsible for his safety and wellbeing.

The Qatar based journalist was stopped, questioned and detained by Egyptian authorities in December 2016 after travelling to Cairo for a vacation.


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