Friday, 03 December 2021 10:58 GMT

Egypt deports British journalist ahead of elections


(MENAFN) Ahead of next week elections, Egypt has deported a British journalist working for The Times, the newspaper said on Saturday, describing an "increasingly oppressive environment" for media in the country.

"The Times deplores this attempt by the Egyptian authorities to intimidate the media and suppress our coverage," a statement by the newspaper said, adding that Egyptian authorities had "no intention of allowing (Trew) to return."

Egypt's government foreign press centre, the interior ministry, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office, did not respond to phone calls and requests for comment via WhatsApp.

Trew said in a separate article published by The Times that she was detained by police in central Cairo on her way to conduct an interview, held for almost 24 hours and then "marched onto a plane" at Cairo airport bound for London.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said that "the Egyptian authorities have not shared any evidence of wrongdoing. We will continue to press them on this case."

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