Detained AP cameraman released on bail in Egypt

Story highlights

  • An AP cameraman was released on bail
  • The news agency says he was erroneously detained
  • Elsewhere, a gas pipeline in Sinai is bombed
A freelance Egyptian TV cameraman detained while covering the country's constitutional referendum for The Associated Press was released on bail Friday, the news outlet reported, citing authorities.
Hassan Abdullah Hassan was producing video coverage outside a Cairo polling station when police seized him along with his driver, according to an AP report.
"We are pleased that Mr. Hassan has been released on bail, and we hope that any remaining legal questions can be resolved quickly," AP Vice President and Senior Managing Editor for International News John Daniszewski said Friday.
According to the news agency, Hassan said he was detained after police saw his footage being broadcast live on Al Jazeera's Egyptian affiliate. The police "wrongly concluded" that Hassan works for Al Jazeera, which the government is critical of, the AP report said.
Elsewhere Friday, a gas pipeline in central Sinai was bombed, state media reported. Unknown attackers blew up a section of the pipeline, which leads to an industry-heavy area, the official news agency MENA reported.