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Dutch journalist accused of 'fabricating news' in Egypt

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Dutch reporter Rena Netjes describes the plight of journalists in Egypt and why she had to leave.
Dutch journalist Rena Netjes holds a press point on February 4, 2014 as she arrives at Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands, after being accused by Egypt of being part of a "terror cell" involving Qatari-owned broadcaster Al-Jazeera. Netjes flew out of Cairo early February 4 after several days in hiding, following a crackdown on the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster which Cairo accuses of backing the Muslim Brotherhood ousted from power by the military in July. AFP PHOTO / ANP / REMKO DE WAAL -- The Netherlands o

AMSTERDAM — Dutch journalist Rena Netjes has fled Egypt after it emerged she was one of 20 journalists accused last week of “fabricating news” and being party to an alleged terrorist plot.

“If the Egyptian authorities had arrested me, I don’t know what I would have done. Conditions in Egyptian prison cells are horrible. As a woman, you are also afraid of getting raped, especially if you are labeled as a terrorist," Netjes told Al-Monitor Feb. 5, one day after her arrival in the Netherlands.

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