Egyptian authorities have shut down the headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice newspaper in Cairo, the group says.
"We the journalists of the Freedom and Justice newspaper condemn the security forces for closing down the headquarters of the newspaper," the Brotherhood said in a statement on Wednesday. According to an official in Cairo’s Security Department who spoke on condition of anonymity, the security forces raided the building overnight and confiscated all the contents. The development came after an administrative court in Cairo ordered banning of “all activities” by the Muslim Brotherhood as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The court also ordered the interim government to seize all the funds, assets and headquarters of the Brotherhood. "A court ruling was issued to do it on charges of inciting violence and terrorism in the recent past," the security official stated. Early in July, the Egyptian army pushed aside the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution. Numerous demonstrations were held across the country since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi. The military-backed interim government, subsequently, clamped down on protesters and killed hundreds of Morsi’s supporters. More than 2,000 members of the Brotherhood were also detained, among them the movement’s supreme leader, Mohamed Badie. Freedom and Justice newspaper, named after the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing had been cooperating with the groups’ leaders and other members to avoid further arrests. The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won parliamentary and presidential elections after the country's dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown in 2011 revolution.