CAIRO - Egyptian authorities on Friday released a female news anchor known for her support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi after 45 days in detention for violating an army-imposed curfew.
CAIRO – Egyptian authorities on Friday released a female news anchor known for her support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi after 45 days in detention for violating an army-imposed curfew.
Amani Kamal was arrested on October 3 at a military checkpoint in Giza, where soldiers found posters depicting the ousted president and the “Rabaa Sign” – the four-finger salute commemorating slain pro-Morsi protesters – in her car.
Kamal, who resigned from state-run Radio Egypt following Morsi’s July 3 ouster, was charged with violating an army-imposed nighttime curfew – officially lifted on Thursday – and remanded in custody.
On Monday, prosecutors decided to release her on bail set at 5,000 Egyptian pounds (roughly $700). After posting bail, however, she was nevertheless kept in detention until Friday.
“The price of freedom is hefty,” Kamal’s husband, Yasser Abdel-Moneim, told Anadolu Agency. “Amani paid the price for her [political] stance.”
Pro-Morsi media groups, meanwhile, have called for Saturday protests outside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate’s Cairo headquarters to decry the “lack of media freedoms” and “lack of retribution for media professionals killed” since Morsi’s ouster this summer by the powerful military establishment.
On July 3, the army overthrew Morsi – Egypt’s first democratically elected leader – following mass protests against his presidency.
The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president’s backers as a “military coup,” while supporters of the move call it a military-backed “popular uprising.”