Egypt military detains leading activist journalist

The October bridge (L) and Ramses Street on May 31, 2015, in the Egyptian capital, CairoEgyptian military prosecutors ordered on Monday the detention of investigative journalist and rights activist Hossam Bahgat on suspicion of publishing false information, the news site for which he works said. Bahgat was detained overnight after he responded to a military summons over his investigative reporting on a military trial that the army has not officially confirmed or denied. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called on Egypt to release Bahgat, who was a prominent human rights defender before entering journalism.

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