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Feb 13, 2012

Media briefs: Oz journo’s Egypt arrest … Houston hysteria … UK Sun arrests …

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Aussie journo arrested in Egypt. An Australian freelance journalist who writes regularly for publications including Crikey, New Matilda and The Drum has been detained in Mahalla, Egypt and is likely to be deported. Austin Mackell was arrested along with three others “on suspicion that they had distributed cash to workers and incited them to take part in a strike demanding an end to army rule”, reports Al Jazeera. Mackell’s Egyptian translator Aliya Alwi is one of those arrested — along with US student Derek Ludovici and activist Kamal el-Fayoum. Alwi has been tweeting from police custody:

“The guys from the station in the room w us were watching a guy being tortured on cellfone, and laughing. Passing it around to us.”

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One thought on “Media briefs: Oz journo’s Egypt arrest … Houston hysteria … UK Sun arrests …

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Awaiting to read a full expose’ in the Australian Murdoch press and detailed analysis on Sky News in regard to what some people say are the criminal activities of News Ltd under the stewardship of Rupert and Son. Furthermore, it is quite evident that the Gillard government rightly precluded a “smelly” organisation from having anything to do with the Australian National overseas network.

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