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Egyptian police arrest independent media outlet’s editor

An independent Egyptian media outlet said security forces arrested its chief editor while doing an interview near a prison on the outskirts of Cairo on Sunday.

Lina Attalah, the Chief Editor of Mada Masr, was detained outside Tora prison where she was interviewing Laila Soueif, the mother of the jailed pro-democracy campaigner Alaa Abdel-Fattah, the outlet added on its Twitter account.

Attalah is being held in custody at the Maadi police station in southern Cairo to be questioned by prosecutors on Monday, the news website said, citing officials at the station.

There was no immediate official comment from authorities on the report.

Mada Masr, which is mainly concerned with investigative reports, is among hundreds of news websites blocked by the Egyptian authorities.

Last November, security forces raided the outlet’s office in Cairo and briefly arrested three of its staff, including Attalah.

Rights groups have repeatedly accused the government of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sissi of mounting a draconian crackdown on dissent and muzzling free speech, charges that Egyptian authorities deny.

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