Egypt Arrests BBC Journalist at Protest
Egypt's interim military junta has arrested a BBC journalist covering protests in Tahrir Square.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 8/2/2011, 8:27 PM
Egypt's interim military junta arrested a BBC journalist Tuesday when it cleared out a central Cairo protest that ended with several protesters injured and dozens detained, the British broadcaster reported.
Shaimaa Khalil was detained on Monday after the military, backed by riot police, cleared the three-week sit-in in Tahrir Square.
"We are very concerned at the detention of Shaimaa Khalil in Cairo. She is a fine journalist, simply doing her job. We are doing all we can to secure her release," the BBC's press office said.
Khalil had been posting updates on Twitter before her arrest.
"Careful!' someone just told me. 'They arrest anyone taking photos," she wrote.
Witnesses say soldiers and police beat demonstrators and broke mobile phones, targeting anyone taking pictures. A legal rights group, the Front for Defending Protester Detainees in Egypt, said that more than 80 people were arrested.
Protesters in Tahrir had refused to end their sit-in after political factions withdrew for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started in Egypt on Tuesday.