Security raid office of Al Jazeera Egypt

The news chief of Al Jazeera Egypt Live, part of the Qatar-based broadcaster`s network says officials raided the station`s office in Cairo, roughing up staff and confiscating equipment.

Cairo: The news chief of Al Jazeera Egypt
Live, part of the Qatar-based broadcaster`s network says
officials raided the station`s office in Cairo, roughing up
staff and confiscating equipment.

Ahmed Zein said today that security in civilian clothes
locked staff inside a room in the office and proceeded to
confiscate at least one camera and a laptop.

This is the second raid on the office this month by
Egyptian authorities complaining the station is operating
without permits.

Zein says the station has applied for permits and that,
for now, it is broadcasting from the company`s Qatar
headquarters.

Activists say Egypt`s new military rulers are restricting
media in ways reminiscent of ousted President Hosni Mubarak`s
regime, including freezing permits for new stations.

PTI

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