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Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt

TV network demands the release of its four journalists held in custody in Cairo since Sunday night.

Last updated: 30 Dec 2013 06:06
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Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste are among the four detained Al Jazeera journalists

Egypt's security forces have arrested four Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo.

Correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed as well as cameraman Mohamed Fawzy are being held in custody after arrested by security forces on Sunday evening.

Greste is a veteran journalist who previously worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC over the past two decades.

Human rights groups say conditions for journalists in Egypt have become difficult since former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was removed in a coup on July 3, 2013.

The latest arrests come after a series of clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters across Egypt.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Monday that Egypt, Syria and Iraq have become among the deadliest countries for journalists to work in.

In a special report released by the New York-based organisation said conditions in the country had "deteriorated dramatically".

"Amid stark political polarisation and related street violence, things deteriorated dramatically for journalists in Egypt, where six journalists were killed for their work in 2013."

Al Jazeera demands the immediate release of their journalists.

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