Independent Egyptian media outlet says editor arrested

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent investigative media outlet in Egypt says security forces have detained one of its editors, the latest arrest amid a wider crackdown on dissent.

Mada Masr, one of a shrinking number of independent news websites in Egypt, said Shady Zalat, 37, was arrested from his home in Cairo early Saturday.

The outlet’s statement says plainclothes police told Zalat’s wife that he was being taken to the Giza police headquarters.

But Mada Masr says it’s been unable confirm where Zalat is being held, and called for his release.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

Egypt has arrested at least 3,000 people since September amid a sweeping crackdown following rare anti-government protests.

Mada Masr is one of the hundreds of websites blocked by the Egyptian government in recent years.