CAIRO Dec 25 Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it
had arrested an Al Jazeera news producer, accusing him of
"provoking sedition" on behalf of the Qatar-based broadcaster
that it considers a mouthpiece of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Judicial sources said Mahmoud Hussain, who was detained on
Friday, was being held on charges of disturbing
public security and spreading false news.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Al Jazeera
officials "had ordered some individuals collaborating with the
channel inside the country to continue implementing its media
plan of provoking sedition, incitement against the state, and
spreading chaos through broadcasting false news."
It identified Hussain as a person implementing that plan for
the channel which is not allowed to operate inside Egypt.
Al Jazeera was not immediately available for comment.
Egypt has arrested several Al Jazeera reporters over the
past two years, raising concerns over media freedoms in the
In May, a Cairo court recommended the death penalty against
two of them, charged in absentia with endangering national
security by leaking state secrets to Qatar.
The Brotherhood is a Qatar-backed movement that President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has cracked down on since an army takeover
in 2013 stripped former president Mohammed Mursi - a prominent
member of the group - of power following mass protests against
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters including Mursi are in
jail and Egypt has designated the group, which says it is
non-violent, a terrorist organisation.
(Reporting by Haitham Ahmed and Ahmed Mohammed Hassan; Writing
by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)