Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run
from tear gas released by riot police during the clashes.
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A New Zealand freelance journalist says he has been
released after being detained in Egypt amid clashes between
New Zealand freelance journalist Campbell MacDiarmid told
APNZ he was detained as clashes between Islamists and police
killed at least 28 people as thousands of supporters of the
military marked the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
In central Cairo, police fired shots and tear gas to disperse
stone-throwing protesters. British freelance journalist Adam
Ramsey tweeted "People in side streets attacked with
excessive teargas and khartoush. Jesus Christ #Oct6".
Earlier today, American photojournalist and Daily News Egypt
reporter Aaron Rose said Mr MacDiarmid was arrested in Dokki,
however no police stations had any information on the New
"Kiwi journalist @CampbellMacD has been arrested in Dokki. We
contacted NZ embassy and all our contacts. What next?" Mr
Rose wrote on Twitter.
Adam's girlfriend Amanda Mustard tweeted "National Security
confirms that foreigners are in custody, one NZ citizen
confirmed, presumably @CampbellMacD. Should know more after
When Ms Mustard spoke to APNZ she said, "presumably both Adam
and Campbell have been taken".
Ms Mustard said other freelance journalists had been trying
to ascertain what had happened to them but had yet to come up
with any information.
"We can't find anything out at this point. All the embassies
are looking, a bunch of freelance Egyptian journalists are
going to all the police stations to look, nothing has come
out so far."
Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew said on Twitter "My friend
said a foreigner wearing a backpack, white t-shirt brown
hair, tall being beaten badly right now - they're calling him
"It appears we did witness beating of Kiwi journalist
@CampbellMacD my friend tried to find out what happened to
him but he'd been arrested."
This morning a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat)
spokeswoman said they were aware of reports that a New
Zealand journalist has been arrested, and were following up
with relevant local authorities to confirm details.
Mfat later said the NZ Embassy in Cairo had received
confirmation that Mr MacDiarmid is safe and well. "He was not
"Home safe. No phone. Sorry for causing worry," Mr MacDiarmid
- Brendan Manning of APNZ