CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces raided the headquarters of the newspaper of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, confiscating equipment and sealing off the building, the paper’s staff said Wednesday.
The move against the Freedom and Justice newspaper, affiliated with the party of the same name, was the latest in a series of escalating measures by Egyptian authorities against the Brotherhood.
The newspaper had circulated clandestinely in recent weeks, after other media outlets linked to the movement were shut down. But its reporters said they had continued to work up until the raid, and demanded to be allowed to do so again.
“What happened is thuggery on the part of security forces,” the staff said in a statement in which they asked the state press syndicate to rally to their defense.