Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian journalist who works for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel based in Qatar, was arrested on arrival in December, 2016 [Al Jazeera]

An international media group has demanded that Egypt release all jailed journalists and put an end to what it described as “the harassment of critical news sites”.

The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) issued a statement on Wednesday after the Egyptian authorities returned Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein to the notorious Tora prison in Egypt – despite a court ordering his release in late May.

An Egyptian court order upheld an earlier ruling ordering the release of Hussein, who has been held for more than two years in prison. 

Al Jazeera responded at the time by accusing Egypt of becoming “a lawless country with no

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