Al Jazeera Media Network has denied “fabricated allegations” against her news producer who was arrested in Egypt on Friday. The network called for the immediate release of Mahmoud Hussein. “Al Jazeera believes all charges against Hussein, including those that may be added later to the current allegations, to be the result of practices that violate international norms and conventions, and that, unfortunately, prevail in Egypt as exposed by organizations human rights”. Until Egypt going to attack the freedom of the media? Egyptian Interior Ministry said Hussein was arrested at Giza and he was detained for 15 days pending investigations. The statement on Sunday said that Hussein used several residences “to avoid security monitoring to the illegal labor light of Al Jazeera in the country and its inability to obtain the necessary licenses.” Hussein was charged with “incitement against the state institutions and pass on false information with the aim of spreading chaos.” Al Jazeera has denied all the charges, and said it was concerned about the safety of Hussein.
The Benghazi branch of the General Administration for Criminal Investigation (also known as the Counter Crime Agency) says that it has arrested a local man who converted to Christianity. He is accused of proselytising on social media and of denigrating Islam. The arrest, announced made on the administration’s Facebook page, has been confirmed by its spokesman, Walid Arafi. The agency says that the unnamed man, who apparently converted some time ago, was using social media to urge others to change their faith. It also says that he was in contact with a fellow for convert him in Morocco, named simply as Rashid, who was helping him. There is no mention about conversion in the 2011 Constitutional Declaration which acts as Libya’s interim constitution. It declares simply that Islam is the religion of Libya, the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Shari’a) and that non-Muslims are free to practice their faith. However, conversion away from Islam is wholly unacceptable to most Libyans.