MIDEAST > Egyptian forces raid on Turkish news agency bureau, detain journalist

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Egyptian soldier keeps watch from the top of an army armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the entrance of Tahrir Square on August 18, 2013 in Cairo. AFP Photo

Egyptian soldier keeps watch from the top of an army armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the entrance of Tahrir Square on August 18, 2013 in Cairo. AFP Photo

Egyptian military forces raided the Cairo bureau of Turkey's Ihlas News Agency on Aug.20, detaining the bureau chief, while also extending the custody period of a reporter for state-run TRT.

The military government's forces detained the Ihlas bureau chief, Tahir Osman Hamdi, and seized the agency's live broadcast equipment.

Hamdi was subsequently taken into police custody.

Tourists released after short detention

Two Turkish tourists, who were detained in Egypt’s Luxor province, have been released after a short detention by the Egyptian security forces.

Ali Han, 52, and Ahmet Keris, 42, were recording a video in forbidden historical places when they were arrested, Anadolu Agency reported. The two men were reportedly geology researchers.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have extended the custody period of state-run TRT reporter Metin Turan to two weeks after he was detained on Aug. 17 in al-Fath Mosque in Cairo.

Egyptian authorities accuse Turan of “acting together with terrorist groups,” according to daily Hürriyet.

Turan defended himself, saying his only intention was to report on the events. “I went to al-Fath mosque with other colleagues to report. I didn’t have any other intention than journalism. I was stuck in the mosque after the events erupted,” the Turkish journalist said in his defense.

August/20/2013

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Sami Soulima

8/21/2013 6:16:20 AM

I am not surprised. Turkey is now so hated by every country in the Middle East. Ergodan has kissed up to the Hamas so much that no one trusts him. Everyone sees him as a religious zealot who is ruining the entire country of Turkey. Turkish citizens should be spit on as they support the Brotherhood in Egypt. Say yes to secularism, say no to jihad!

Murat

8/20/2013 11:54:03 PM

At least, Egyptians can actually claim interference by "foreign powers" and not be laughed at! Still, arresting journalists is not cool at all. One despotic government replaced with a more murderous one. I feel bad for Egypt, it deserves better.

Brian Irlanda

8/20/2013 3:44:19 PM

Under AKP thinking this man would be considered a spy. So don't complain...he is a member of the "dark forces" against Egypt! Only joking but we can see that this mentality is not just in Egypt. I think it is an old Ottoman mentality that still exists though the Empire is dead and truly buried.
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