Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Al Jazeera is demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo. Egyptian forces raided Al Jazeera premises overnight. 28 Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr staff members were detained, with most released later. The channel’s managing director Ayman Gaballah and Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast engineer Ahmad Hasan remain in custody however. Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast equipment was seized. APTN ordered to withhold feed from Al Jazeera channels. Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, condemned the moves: “Ayman and Ahmad must be released unharmed immediately. Media offices should not be subject to raids and intimidation. Journalists should not be detained for doing their jobs. Regardless of political views, the Egyptian people expect media freedoms to be respected and upheld.”