Group: Yemeni rights activist arrested in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian police have arrested a Yemeni blogger and activist at Cairo’s annual book fair on accusation of broadcasting false news.
Frontline Defenders, a Dublin-based group, said Tuesday they feared Feras Shamsan’s Feb. 1 arrest was because of his human rights activism.
They said he was interviewing people when a passer-by disagreed with the views of one of his interviewees. Shamsan was charged with ’broadcasting false news and rumors that disturb public peace and security, using a recording device,” the statement based largely on comments from Shamsan’s lawyer said.
It said a Cairo court rejected an appeal for Shamsan’s release and extended his detention.
A government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has widened recently to include secular activists and journalists.