An Egyptian fact-checking platform says authorities have detained certainly one of its journalists following its protection of a airplane that was seized in Zambia together with its suspicions cargo after making a cease in Cairo
CAIRO — Egyptian authorities detained a journalist working for a fact-checking platform following its protection of a airplane that was seized in Zambia together with its suspicions cargo after making a cease in Cairo, the outlet stated.
Safety forces arrested Karim Asaad Saturday from his house in al-Shorouk neighborhood in japanese Cairo, the platform, Matsda2sh, or Don’t Imagine, stated in a press release.
The platform accused safety forces of assaulting Asaad’s spouse and threatening their baby whereas detaining the journalist. Asaad’s whereabouts remained unknown, it added.
There was no speedy remark from the federal government.
The platform stated safety forces requested Asaad about its intensive protection of a mysterious airplane intercepted in Zambia earlier this month after making a cease in Cairo.
Zambian authorities stated they discovered over $5 million in money and greater than 100 kilograms of suspected gold blended with zinc, copper, and nickel on board the plane.
Zambian authorities stated six Egyptians had been detained together with 4 from Zambia, Netherlands, Spain and Latvia in relation to the mysterious airplane.
Matsda2sh is a social media platform that focuses on debunking misinformation. The platform says its journalists are “unbiased” and “disguise their identities” for security causes. It lately responded to questions on its funding, following its work on the seized airplane, saying they don’t obtain any grants from governments.
Egypt is one the world’s prime jailers of journalists, together with Turkey and China, in accordance with media watchdogs. Authorities have for years focused journalists as a part of a wide-scale crackdown on dissent and authorities critics.