The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) Thursday called on Egypt to release Anadolu Agency employees detained in a raid on their office in Cairo.

“EANA Board considers that the Egyptian authorities should immediately release the detained journalists and inform the international public on what were the legal grounds of their initial arrest,” the alliance said in a statement.

“EANA stands with its member, Anadolu Agency and its journalists,” it added.

The statement also underlined that the raid was against the fundamental values of democracy and free journalism.

“Therefore, moving against these values is an extremely condemnable course of

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