Egypt police release AP television crew arrested in protest

January 27, 2011 08:37


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 Egyptian police have released an Associated Press Television News cameraman and his assistant who were arrested while filming clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo.

APTN's Haridi Hussein Haridi, 54, and his assistant Haitham Badry, 23, were freed early Thursday.

They were taken into custody around 1 a.m. Wednesday during the biggest anti-government protests Egypt has seen in years.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said local and international media have been widely targeted in the police crackdown on protesters. The group condemned the violence, calling on authorities to release at least seven journalists who it said have been detained.

An AP photographer was also beaten by a policeman and injured while shooting the demonstrations.

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