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(US-based Egyptian) Journalist Mona Eltahawy alleges sexual assault in Egypt detention
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Edited on Thu Nov-24-11 01:25 PM by Turborama
Source: The Guardian

US-based Egyptian journalist uses Twitter to describe sexual and physical assault she says took place at the interior ministry

Shiv Malik | Thursday November 24 2011 10.18 GMT

The US-based Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy has been released, according to her personal Twitter account, after 12 hours in detention at the hands of Cairo security forces. A later tweet from the account @monaeltahawy said that she was sexually and physically assaulted while being held inside the interior ministry in Cairo, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A US embassy representative in Cairo told the Guardian that the reports of her detention were "very concerning" and that "US embassy consulate officers are engaging Egyptian authorities".

At 10:30am on Thursday, the former Reuters Middle East correspondent who has been lauded for her recent coverage of the Egyptian uprising, began tweeting that she had spent 12 hours in detention under the authority of interior ministry and military intelligence officials and that she had suffered a serious sexual assault by up to half a dozen members of the Egyptian security forces. She also said that she had been kept blindfolded for hours and also posted a picture of her severely bruised hand and then both her arms in casts.

She also thanked supporters after #freemona began trending around the world on Twitter.

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Mona's latest article for the Guardian was published last Friday and was about the "Naked Blogger" and condemned the military for sexually assaulting female prisoners (coincidence?):

Here's Mona in January predicting the downfall of Mubarak:
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