CAIRO, Egypt — Al-Jazeera TV Cairo bureau chief Hussein Abdel Ghani was released on $2,000 bail Saturday after being detained two days earlier in the southern Sinai resort town of Dahab, where he was covering the aftermath of the bombing.
He was taken to Cairo’s Al Nozha prison on charges of broadcasting “false information likely to harm the country’s reputation.”
He was arrested for reporting that police were attacked in the town of Al-Sharkiya. Other Egypt and foreign media also reported the same information, which later proved false.
Al-Jazeera issued a formal retraction a few hours later, but only its reporter was taken into custody.
Ghani has been Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief since the network was founded in 1996.