Egyptian journalists have spoken out in support of a detained news website editor, saying state authorities targeted him over the outlet’s coverage of the country’s recent presidential elections.
Police in CairoA�on TuesdayA�raided the office of the Masr al-Arabia news website and arrested its editor-in-chief, Adil Sabry.
He has since been held at Dokki police station, Mohamed Mounir, Masr al-Arabia’s managing editor, told Reuters news agency.
According to Masr al-Arabia, Sabry has been charged with operating a website without a local license.
The raid came two days after the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, an official oversight body, told the website to pay a $2,849 fine for republishing a New York Times article on alleged irregularities during last week’s vote.
Fellow journalists said they believe Sabry was targeted for the website’s coverage of the Egyptian elections and its criticism of state authorities.
“Masr al-Arabia’s editor-in-chief was arrested because the website is one of few independent news outlets in Egypt,” Kotb al-Arabi, an Egyptian journalist and media analyst, told Al Jazeera.
“Sabry was detained because the website’s coverage of the elections was critical and didn’t toe the official narrative,” he added.