Al-Jazeera office in Cairo sacked

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CAIRO — For the second time this month, Egyptian security officials in civilian clothes raided the Cairo office of Al Jazeera Live Egypt, roughing up its staff, detaining an editor and confiscating equipment, the news chief said Thursday.

The raid on the channel’s office comes after Egyptian authorities said the station and its staff were operating without permits.

Activists and rights groups viewed the raids on the station as part of a larger crackdown by authorities on independent media. “Someone, an authority or an official, is clearly getting fed up with the newly acquired freedoms in Egypt,” human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif el-Islam said in response to Thursday’s raid.

Printed on September 30, 2011 as: Al-Jazeera office in Cairo sacked