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EGYPT: Authorities told ‘not to bother’ human-rights activists, journalists, prime minister says

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told CNN on Sunday that authorities had been instructed “not to bother” human-rights activists and journalists covering anti-government protests.

Any such problems are “not intended at all,” Shafiq told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”
His comments came amid reports of fresh arrests Sunday, including a correspondent for Al Jazeera English.

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News network Al Jazeera said the journalist, Ayman Mohyeldin, was detained by the Egyptian military near Tahrir Square and called for his immediate release.

“I will go directly to check this point,” Shafiq told Crowley. “But they are not allowed at all to do something like that.”

— Alexandra Zavis

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