A New Zealand journalist has been freed from an Egyptian
jail after being detained for five days without charge.
Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay, formerly a TVNZ reporter
and presenter, was arrested with three colleagues while
covering events in Cairo on Tuesday.
Their arrests followed the detainment of correspondent
Abdullah al-Shami, who was arrested after the raid of the
pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya on August 14, along with
Mohamed Badr, a cameraman for Al Jazeera's Arabic channel
Mubasher Misr, who has been held for more than a month.
The network called for Egyptian authorities to release its
staff unconditionally along with their belongings and
It said there had been a campaign against Al Jazeera, as the
channel's offices were raided last month with security forces
seizing equipment which was yet to be returned.
A post on the Al Jazeera website said Mr Hay, cameraman Adil
Bradlow and producers Russ Finn and Mohammed Baher were freed
Security officials at Cairo airport said Mr Hay and his
colleagues were deported to London, Radio New Zealand
They were forced to leave their equipment behind.
An Al Jazeera spokesperson told RNZ they were not given a
reason for their detention.
Al Jazeera thanked all those who helped the group, especially
the New Zealand, South African and Irish embassies in the
The network said three other employees were still being