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March 18, 2014

Egypt hands jail term to journalist of Muslim Brotherhood newspaper

Samah Ibrahim , a reporter for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper, has been given a one-year sentence. Ibrahim is one of at least 10 journalists imprisoned in the country, Committee to Protect Journalists said. "The Egyptian government apparently feels it has broad license to expand its crackdown on the press--it's getting more and more difficult to keep track of the number of journalists in prison," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa programme... MORE
March 18, 2014

Presidential candidate Hamden Sabahi's supporters attack journalists in Egypt

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has denounced the assault of presidential candidate Hamden Sabahi’s proponents on a number of photographers and journalists, during their coverage of clashes between Sabahi’s supporters and opponents. On the March 4, at Press Syndicate’s headquarters, clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of the potential presidential candidate, during his attendance at a conference organised by Karama Party. The conference was held in order to... MORE
March 4, 2014

One journalist released, Al-Jazeera trial begins in Egypt

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail of one reporter in Egypt and calls on authorities to release all other journalists held behind bars. While the release of a second journalist is pending, a trial begins on Wednesday for three imprisoned journalists affiliated with the Qatari-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, according to news reports. "By halting the persecution of critical journalists, Egypt can still improve its deteriorating record of press freedom," said Sherif... MORE
February 15, 2014

Egypt: Call for well-known Yemeni blogger’s release

Reporters Without Borders has condemned well-known Yemeni human rights activist and blogger Feras Shamsan’s detention since February 1, when he was arrested while covering Cairo’s International Book Fair. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Shamsan was interviewing someone attending the book fair when a passer-by objected to the interviewee’s comments on the political situation. Police intervened in the ensuing argument, arresting Shamsan. After he was charged... MORE
January 30, 2014

Egypt to try Al-Jazeera journalists on terror charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Egyptian prosecutor general's decision to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial on criminal charges of incitement, distorting the country's image abroad, and fabricating news to aid the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government has declared a terrorist organization, according to government daily Al-Ahram and other news reports. "This attempt to criminalize legitimate journalistic work is what distorts Egypt's image abroad. The government'... MORE
January 29, 2014

Anti-press abuses on third anniversary of Egypt uprising

Several local and international journalists have been attacked and detained in Egypt while covering deadly clashes between police and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports. The clashes erupted on Saturday, the third anniversary of the uprising in Egypt. "None of the governments who have come to power in Egypt since the 2011 uprising have delivered on their promises to respect freedom of the press," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa... MORE
April 14, 2011

Substantial setback for press freedom in Egypt

A new requirement by the Egyptian military that local print media obtain approval for all mentions of the armed forces before publication is the single worst setback for press freedom in Egypt since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The director of the Morale Affairs Directorate of the Egyptian military, Maj. Gen. Ismail Mohamed Othman, sent a letter dated March 22 to editors of Egyptian publications demanding that they do not "... MORE
March 31, 2011

Appeals court upholds journalist's sentence in Egypt

The reported that on 27 March 2011 The Agoza misdemeanours appeals court on Sunday upheld a court of first instance ruling imposing a fine of LE5,000 (approx. US$840) on journalist Ahmed Hosni Wadee, of elShorouk newspaper, according to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). The decision stems from a lawsuit filed against the journalist by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, based on a November 29, 2009 article by Hosni Wadee published in elShorouk titled, "Investigation with Alwaleed... MORE
March 31, 2011

Journalists detained in Bahrain, Egypt

A CNN crew was detained Wednesday in Manama while interviewing a prominent Bahraini human rights defender, according to a Twitter posting by the network and a CPJ interview. The detentions come amid a recent series of repressive actions by the Bahraini government, which included Wednesday's arrest of a well-known blogger. Anti-press actions were also reported in Egypt, Syria, and Libya, CPJ research shows. CNN tweeted this evening from Bahrain that a crew had been detained at the home of Nabeel... MORE
February 20, 2011

IFJ calls for probe into serious attack on CBS reporter in Egypt

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called for an investigation into the attack on Lara Logan, a reporter for the American TV cable network CBS, last Friday in Tahrir square, Cairo. CBS has confirmed that Logan was the victim of "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." "This is a shocking attack which must not go unpunished," said Jim Boumelha. "The Egyptian Prime Minister has promised to investigate attacks on media during the protests and this is one the most... MORE