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NEW reporter detained for seven hours, expelled from Egypt



A New York Times reporter was detained for several hours Monday evening at Cairo International Airport before being expelled from Egyptian authorities, according to a Tuesday news report from the news agency.

The paper states that David Kirkpatrick, a former Cairo office chief of the times, was held for seven hours without food or water after his cell phone was confiscated.

The move comes as the country has engaged in ongoing degradation of journalists and freedom of speech in recent years under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, a former general of the nation's military.

The 64-year-old Sisi came to power after a military coup in 2013, depositing former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader.

Kirkpatrick, 48, was eventually sent to London on a flight Tuesday.

The conflict comes a month after the Egyptian government demanded that CBS News draw an upcoming "60 minute" interview with Sisi.

According to CBS News, "60 minute" producers were contacted by the Egyptian ambassador and told the interview could not be broadcast. The exit went on and broadcast the interview on January 6th.

CBS reported that questions to Sisi about imprisoning his opponents and the government's killing of 800 civilians during his term of office of defense were "not the kind of news his government wanted to broadcast."

Sisi in the interview dismissed human rights reports Watch, an international human rights organization that claims Egypt has detained as many as 60,000 political prisoners, including some journalists and photographers.

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