TV team detained in Egypt for filming opposition

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2005, CAIRO - Five employees of the German television network ARD were detained for several hours on Monday in Cairo after filming activities of the Kifaya movement, which is campaigning for a change in government.

24 May 2005

CAIRO - Five employees of the German television network ARD were detained for several hours on Monday in Cairo after filming activities of the Kifaya movement, which is campaigning for a change in government.

ARD's Joerg Armbruster said fellow correspondent Alexander Stenzel, a driver and three other ARD employees were held more than three hours at a police station and their film confiscated.

Egyptian human-rights activists said five other people - all Egyptians - were hauled away as Kifaya, which means 'enough', was handing out leaflets. It was not known where the five Egyptians were taken, the activists said.

The Kifaya movement, the Muslim Brotherhood and several other opposition parties have called for a boycott of Wednesday's constitutional referendum. The vote is to decide whether the presidential referendum should be replaced with elections that opposition candidates could contest.

The opposition objects to the referendum because it charges the governing National Democratic Party with formulating the change to the constitution in a way that allows no real chance for challengers of President Hosny Mubarak.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been passing out leaflets for a few days in mosques calling for a boycott.

DPA

Subject: German news

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