CAIRO - A prominent Egyptian campaigner was detained on Tuesday over accusations of insulting President Mohamed Morsi, state media reported, a case activists said highlighted a crackdown on dissent by the Islamist government.
A court in the town of Tanta ruled Ahmed Douma should be held for four days, pending investigation into charges of "deliberately spreading false news and rumors" during two recent television appearances, a court official told Reuters.
Douma was accused of calling Morsi a criminal and a murderer, alleged statements the charge sheet said could damage the public opinion of the president.
Dozens of cases of "insulting the president" have been brought in Egypt since Morsi took office last June. Activists said the case was the latest example of the government using the courts to target its liberal and secular opponents.