Egypt arrests journalist in charge of publishing "inaccurate" information
Nov 9, Cairo: Hossam Bahgat, a prominent journalist in Egypt has been arrested by the army. He was arrested on Sunday by the officials for publishing inaccurate and false information that harmed national interests.
This step has raised concerns of press violations and is condemned by human rights groups. Bahgat is an investigative journalist and contributor at the local Mada Masr news outlet. Hours later, Bahgat was transferred to military prosecution. He was questioned over an article he published in October about what he called the secret military trial of 26 army officers reportedly plotting a coup.
Amnesty International, in its statement, said the arrest was ferocious onslaught against independent journalism and civil society. Likewise, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ in Middle East and North Africa called it ‘a clear attempt to stifle reporting.’
The Oslo Times