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NZ journalist arrested in Egypt released

Monday 7 Oct 2013 9:05 a.m.

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A New Zealand journalist arrested in Egypt has been released after several hours in custody, following a frantic search by friends.

Campbell MacDiarmid, the deputy managing editor at Egypt's Business Today magazine, and British freelance journalist Adam Ramsey were reportedly arrested in the capital of Cairo while covering a protest early on Monday (NZT). 

Friends and colleagues tweeted about the pair's arrest, and their efforts to find out where the pair was being detained.

They believed he was being held at a police station in nearby Dokki.

Mr MacDiarmid tweeted shortly after 8.30am (NZT) to say he was out of custody.

"Home safe. No phone. Sorry for causing worry," he said.

Asked if he had been arrested, Mr MacDiarmid responded "they call it detained here".

His arrest comes five weeks after another Kiwi journalist, Wayne Hay, was arrested alongside three other Al Jazeera workers in Cairo while covering a protest.

The group was held for five days before being released on September 2 (NZT).


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