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Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists: Ministry

Published on Dec 30, 2013 3:21 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming "domestic security", the interior ministry said.

Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.

It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a "Muslim Brotherhood member" and the other an Australian.

Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.

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