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EGYPT: Prominent journalist arrested, beaten, tortured in major crackdown

EGYPT: Prominent journalist arrested, beaten, tortured in major crackdown

The arrest of prominent Egyptian journalist cum blogger, Esra Abdel Fattah has been confirmed by human rights activists.

Reports say Ms Fattah, who played a significant role in the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, was picked up late on Saturday night by police officers and driven away.

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Another activist had tweeted that Ms Fattah appeared before state prosecutors on Sunday and had said that she was “badly beaten and tortured”.

Rights groups have revealed that in the past three weeks about 3,000 people, including activists, lawyers and academics, have been detained in a major wave of arrests following rare protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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