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Cape Town - The South African cameraman who was detained in Egypt for six days said he was happy to be reunited with his family in Johannesburg, but his arrest had not discouraged him from covering war stories.
Adil Bradlow, 52, was met by his wife Khadija Magardie and six children at OR Tambo International Airport early on Tuesday.
“It’s good to be home and my family was very anxious. Being stuck in a world that they know nothing about was nerve-racking, but I’m glad to be here with them now,” he said.
Bradlow was arrested last week Tuesday along with three of his colleagues while covering events for Al Jazeera in Egypt, after the military had removed president Mohamed Morsi.
The cameraman said that while being home with his loved ones was good, he did not plan to stay for long.
“Of course I will go back to covering stories in countries with conflict. I’m a journalist, and I have been covering big stories for most of my life.
“It’s what a journalist does.”
But he didn’t plan to return to Egypt any time soon.
“I think I’ll wait till things calm down a bit.”
Bradlow said he and his colleagues had not seriously worried during their detention that they would be killed, but had had no idea how long they would be held.
“They didn’t harm us physically - it was just a long trail of interrogations, from the military to their intelligence, and then it was the overall intelligence unit.
“And the worst was we were blindfolded each time we moved to the different units.”
Cadet News Agency