Swedish journalist prevented from entering Egypt

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September 29, 2009 13:58


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A Swedish journalist and blogger specializing in Egyptian labor issues was stopped by security at Cairo airport early Tuesday and was set to be deported from the country, his girlfriend and the Swedish embassy said. Per Bjorklund, who spent the last year covering labor strikes in Egypt, was returning to the country with his girlfriend from their native Sweden via Prague, when he was detained. Earlier in September, an American citizen who participated in a pro-Palestinian demonstration with Bjorklund was also prevented from entering the country. "They held his passport and they said I had to go on," Bjorkland's girlfriend Anna Sicking told The Associated Press. "They said something came up and they held him." Sicking waited six hours at the airport for Bjorklund until she was told he had been sent back to Prague.

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