Egyptian security forces have shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood newspaper in Cairo after raiding it and confiscating material, the Islamist movement\’s website reported on Wednesday.
It is the latest move aimed at crushing the Islamist movement, the Brotherhood said on Wednesday.
The move follow’s Monday’s decision by an Egyptian court to suspend the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and any associations.
"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 posted on its Facebook page.
Police stormed the building overnight and removed the contents. A source at the Cairo Security Department said the
raid followed Monday\’s court ruling which banned the Brotherhood and ordered its funds seized.
"A court ruling was issued to do it on charges of inciting violence and terrorism in the recent past," a security source
said, referring to the operation.
Authorities in Egypt have cracked down on the Brotherhood since it overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in a popular coup on July 3. Morsi belonged to the Brotherhood movement.
Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters have been killed and thousands arrested since then.
The crackdown had forced many of the 50 journalists who produced the daily Freedom and Justice to work in secret to avoid arrest. The newspaper, named after the Brotherhood\’s political wing, had focused on efforts to reverse what it called a military coup against an elected government.
The Brotherhood emerged from the shadows to win parliamentary and presidential elections after autocrat Hosni
Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
Source: Reuters and agencies