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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist
Military releases Ayman Mohyeldin following appeal by the channel and correspondent's supporters.
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2011 20:36 GMT
Al Jazeera had appealed for the immediate release of Mohyeldin, who has previously reported from Tunisia and Gaza

Ayman Mohyeldin, an Al Jazeera correspondent who was detained while covering the unrest in Egypt, has been released.

He was seized by the Egyptian military near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Sunday, but was freed nine hours later following a concerted appeal by the network and supporters of Mohyeldin.

There had been many calls on Twitter for the release of Mohyeldin, who has more than 20,000 followers on his page.

Dozens of journalists have been detained, injured and threated while covering events in Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets calling for an end to the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, the president.

Nadia el-Awady, president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, told Al Jazeera that both foreign and Egyptian media workers were being specifically targeted during the protests.

Speaking about her experiences reporting from Tahrir Square, she said: "There were pro-Mubarak civilian-clothed people planted within the square that were trying to instigate other protesters to get angry.

"They tried to create this kind of mob mentality among protesters to get angry at the journalists."

Al Jazeera, which has dedicated rolling coverage to the uprising in Egypt, has several times been targeted by Egyptian security forces.

Abdel Fattah Fayed, the channel's Cairo bureau chief, and Mohammed Fawi, a journalist, were arrested on Saturday but later released.

Other journalists from the channel have also been briefly detained and last week armed men attacked the Cairo bureau, destroying some equipment.

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Al Jazeera
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