Al Jazeera says it holds Egyptian authorities responsible for Hussein’s safety and is calling for his immediate release [Al Jazeera]
An Al Jazeera news producer has been arrested in Egypt over accusations of attempting to overthrow the government and being a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
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Mahmoud Hussein was arrested at his Cairo home on Friday, Al Jazeera Media Network said, but it was not known where he was being held.
“Al Jazeera holds Egyptian authorities responsible for the safety of Hussein and is calling for his immediate release,” the Qatar-based network said in a statement.
Hussein, who lives in the capital Doha, used to work in Egypt before Al Jazeera closed its office there in 2013.
He was questioned for more than 15 hours at Cairo’s airport on Tuesday after arriving for a vacation, security sources told The Associated Press news agency.
State security also stormed the homes of Hussein’s two brothers and arrested them.