Former Hamilton journalist detained in Egypt

00:48, Aug 30 2013
WAYNE HAY: Has been in Egypt for less than a year.

A former Hamilton radio journalist is being held by Egyptian authorities - the latest arrest in what organisations are calling a "growing hostility" towards reporters.

Wayne Hay, also a former TVNZ journalist,  has been reporting for Al Jazeera since 2006. He was one of four arrested by officials and the group have been held since Tuesday.

The group was covering events in Cairo. 

Their arrest comes less than a month after another a fellow Al Jazeera reporter, Abdullah al-Shami, was arrested while reporting on the raid of the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya, Aljazeera reported. 

Those reporters have been held for more than a month. Reporters Without Borders has claimed a"growing hostility" towards journalists in Egypt.

Al Jazeera appears to be particularly targeted, with the channel's offices being raided last month and security forces seizing equipment which the broadcaster says has yet to be returned.


In June, Hay posted on his Facebook page that he was finishing with Al Jazeera in two months and he would most likely be heading home to New Zealand.

On his Twitter profile last week he said he was "helping out" in Egypt for a few weeks before heading to the beach in Bali.

Last Friday he posted "all quiet in Egypt following the 'Friday of Martyrs'. Curfew has begun."

Hay, who is married to Hamilton woman Nikki Hay, was based in Auckland for a number of years, working first for Newstalk ZB and then for TVNZ.