UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
Egyptian police raided the Anadolu Agency (AA) office in Cairo, arrested 4 employees including 1 Turkish national and sent them to an unknown location.
Police teams, after arriving at the AA Office yesterday around 4pm, shut down security cameras and cut off the internet connection.
After raids until the early hours of the morning, security forces confiscated the passports, cell phones, and computers of the employees and impeded their outside contact.
The reason for the raid has not been announced
According to the AA reporter, it is learned that the teams conducting the search have refused to provide information about the reason for the search to AA’s lawyer who arrived at the office after the incident.
It is further noted that the police officers have removed the lawyer and continued their search inside the office.
Journalists are sent to an unknown location
Police teams after releasing an Egyptian journalist working at the AA’s office at midnight reportedly kept 4 people including 1 Turkish national locked up in the office until the early hours of the morning.
The journalists in question, in the early hours of the day, were taken by police to an unknown location.
Alongside those arrested alongside those responsible for the financial and administrative affairs of the AA Office in Cairo, Hilmi Balcı, Egyptian nationals Huseyin el Kabbani, Huseyin el Abbas and the employee of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Studies (SETA) Abdelselam Muhammed.
Turkey’s Charge d’Affaires in Egypt, Kemalettin Eruygur, has made all the necessary efforts at Egypt’s Foreign Ministry and has been following the matter closely since the beginning.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has made the necessary efforts through the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara.
Egyptian authorities have not responded to the incident
Attorneys for the AA and the Turkish Embassy in Cairo have requested information from Egyptian authorities about the reason for the journalists’ arrest and where they were taken. But they could not get any response from the Egyptian authorities.
AA General Director Kazancı: “Egyptian Authorities Must Release AA Employees Immediately”
In a statement on the matter, AA Director-General Şenol Kazancı stated that this attitude of the Egyptian police forces against the press is unacceptable. “The Egyptian authorities must immediately release the AA employees,” Kazancı said.
Kazancı also said that AA, which is a global brand in journalism, will closely follow the matter and will keep the case in the international press until the release of employees.
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