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Cape Town - South African photographer Adil Bradlow was arrested on Tuesday by Egyptian authorities in Cairo, it emerged on Thursday.
Bradlow, a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award winner, was in Cairo as part of an Al Jazeera news team, the television station reported.
It said Bradlow, Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay and producers Baher Mohammed and Russ Finn were detained at a checkpoint. The channel called on the Egyptian authorities to release the four.
Bradlow’s friend, Cape Town photographer Benny Gool, who spoke on behalf of his family, said they were concerned.
“His family do not want to speak to the media at this stage. They are also waiting for information about him. All they know is what they heard on Al Jazeera,” Gool said on Thursday night.
He said Bradlow had left South Africa last week to work on an Al Jazeera assignment covering the events in Egypt, where hundreds of people have been killed in violence between that country’s armed forces and supporters of ousted Egypt president Mohamed Mursi.
“Adil had recently returned from covering wars in places like Afghanistan,” said Gool.
Bradlow is an experienced photographer and cameraman who has covered wars across Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the Middle East.
His journalism career started in the 1980s, when he was a photographer covering the anti-apartheid Struggle for the Associated Press. In the 1990s, he switched to television and joined the SABC.