White House urges Egypt to release detained journalists, academics

US said it was deeply concerned about a recent crackdown by the Egyptian government
White House urges Egypt to release detained journalists, academics
White House spokesman Jay Carney. (Getty images)
By Reuters
Wed 05 Feb 2014 12:29 PM

The White House said on Tuesday that it is deeply concerned about a recent crackdown by the Egyptian government on journalists and academics.

"These figures, regardless of affiliation, should be protected and permitted to do their jobs freely in Egypt," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.

"We have strongly urged the government to drop these charges and release those journalists and academics who have been detained," he said.

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