Egyptian police raided the office of a news website and arrested its editor-in-chief, according to three of its journalists, including its managing editor. The raid earlier this week came two days after the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, an official oversight body, told the website, Masr al-Arabia, to pay 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,849) as a fine for republishing a New York Times article on alleged irregularities during last week’s presidential election. Two journalists at the website quoted the site’s lawyers as saying that police said they had acted because the website did not have a permit to operate. They said the raid was prompted by the republishing of the article. Read more Mohamed Morsi’s prison treatment could lead to his premature death Landslide win for Egypt general amid fears he may scrap term limits Atheist kicked off live Egypt TV show for ‘inappropriate’ ideas A statement from the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, which was based on a complaint from the national election authority, on Sunday accused the website of publishing false news. “The website should have checked the authenticity of the news or commented on it with an opinion,” the Council statement said, referring to The New York Times article,… Read full this story
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