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“Control Room” director Noujaim freed after Egypt arrest

Jehane Noujaim (pictured), the director behind Control Room and forthcoming Why Poverty? doc Solar Grandmothers, has been released by Egyptian authorities after being arrested while covering protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
November 25, 2011

Jehane Noujaim (pictured), the director behind Control Room and forthcoming Why Poverty? doc Solar Grandmothers, has been released by Egyptian authorities after being arrested while covering protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Noujaim, an American-Egyptian filmmaker, was arrested earlier this week while covering the ongoing protests in Egypt, and had her camera confiscated, according to producer Karim Amer.

According to The Guardian, Noujaim had been interviewing a press officer from the military near the interior ministry when a ceasefire was broken and central security forces fired teargas. The director was grabbed by a high-ranking military officer and accused her of being an Israeli spy and a traitor.

However, The Guardian and Global Grind now both report that the director has been released, following an appeal from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The arrest represented the latest in a string of incidents involving journalists and filmmakers covering the conflict in Cairo. Earlier this month Spanish photographer Guillermo Cervera and American-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy were both subject to attacks; as was CBS correspondent Lara Logan earlier this year, while covering the Tahrir uprising.

Check out realscreen‘s report on how filmmakers have been covering the Arab Spring across the Middle East throughout the year, published as part of our November/December issue, here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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