UPDATE: American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim told NBC News today how she was arrested and accused of throwing Molotov cocktails by the Egyptian security forces as she fled from clouds of tear gas. The award-winning filmmaker best known for her Al Jazeera documentary Control Room was seized by security forces while documenting clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. She was detained in the city’s Tora prison for 36 hours without a phone and her camera was confiscated, Noujaim said in the interview.
Previous: Award-winning Egyptian American documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim best known for her films Control Room, Mokattam, Startup.com, was arrested and later released after participating in one of Cairo’s protest uprisings, according to news reports. Noujaim was interviewing a military officer when the arrest took place and was accused of being a spy for Israel and a traitor. Noujaim and others were reportedly charged with congregation and destruction of public property. She was freed after the Committee to Protect journalists appealed to Egyptian authorities to let her go and correspondents for newspapers like The Guardian and The New York Times took up her cause. She is well known to international media because Noujaim’s 2004 Control Room examined the U.S. military’s relations with Al Jazeera and other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She also won the TED Prize, granted to people trying to change the world, and launched the videoconference Pangea Day.