The Egypt bureau Chief of Arab satellite television channel Al-Jazeera was arrested while covering the aftermath of attacks in the Red Sea resort of Dahab, the station reported on Thursday.
Hussein Abdel Ghani was accused of broadcasting false information liable to harm Egypt’s reputation, it said, as fellow journalists condemned the arrest as an attack on the freedom of the press.
Earlier on Wednesday, AlJazeera reported that an attack had targeted policemen in the town of Belbeis, northeast of Cairo. Other media said a police station had been fired on, quoting witnesses and security sources, but the Interior Ministry later issued a denial, which Al-Jazeera also carried.
Twin suicide attacks targeting security personnel rocked Sinai near the Gaza Strip but caused no casualties on Wednesday.