Dubai denies Egyptian reporters' ties to Emirati outlet

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) CAIRO: The Dubai government media office says two Egyptian freelance journalists who were arrested while reporting on the historic Alexandria tramway "have no connection" with Emirati-owned Al-Bayan news outlet.

The office made the statement in an email Sunday, two days after May al-Sabbagh and Ahmed Moustafa were ordered detained for 15 days by Egyptian authorities on charges including possession of equipment with intent to spread fake news.

Defense lawyers Mohammed Hafez and Mohammed Abdel-Aziz quoted al-Sabbagh as saying that she works for the outlet's Cairo office.

Al-Sabbagh said she hadn't been assigned the story but was planning to submit it with Moustafa for potential publishing as decided by her supervisors.

The arrests come after Egypt's chief prosecutor said action should be taken against any media considered to be "hurting national interests."

The Peninsula

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