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Al Jazeera pushing for staff to be released

South African cameraman Adil Bradlow is among the reporters who have been detained in Egypt.

Cameraman Adil Bradlow. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - News network Al Jazeera says it is doing everything in its power to secure the release of South African cameraman and photojournalist Adil Bradlow in Egypt.

Bradlow was covering events in Cairo when he and three of his colleagues were arrested on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera Bureau Chief for Southern Africa Thembisa Fakude says Bradlow and his colleagues have not been charged by Egyptian authorities.

"We are communicating with various people, including legal representatives of Al Jazeera in Egypt, to ensure that this situation is sorted as soon as possible."

Bradlow's close friend Benny Gool says while they are worried, they know the lensman can hold his own in sticky situations.

"Adil has worked in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan so he not only speaks Arabic very well but I mean he's good at what he does."

It is still not clear if International Relations Department will be assisting with Bradlow's release.

Egypt is currently under the state of emergency which was introduced as violence broke out nationwide following a deadly crackdown by security forces on pro-Morsi protesters.

At least nine foreign nationals were detained in Cairo earlier this month on charges of involvement in violence that ensued following the 14 August dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins.