Wednesday 28 July 2021

Dutch journalist flees Egypt after being placed on terrorist list

A Dutch journalist has fled Egypt after being accused of giving help to members of a terrorist organisation.

Rena Netjes, a freelancer working for BNR News Radio, the Parool and as a producer for Nos television, is included on a list of terrorist suspects that includes other journalists.

She no longer feels safe in Egypt, BNR reports. ‘She was first arrested a year ago on suspicion of being a spy,’ a spokesman for the broadcaster told the Volkskrant.

The Egyptian public prosecutor said a week ago that the latest case involves four foreign journalists who work for the Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera but did not name names.

Netjes told Nos she has never worked for Al Jazeera but did have a conversation with one of its staff who is a specialist on radical groups in the Sinai desert.

The Dutch embassy in Cairo is thought to have helped Netjes leave Egypt, press reports say.

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