“There is no journalist in Egypt charged with charges related to freedom of expression.” Thus, Sameh Shukry, the proven foreign minister of the military, confirms the exile, as if the military and their arms that breathe lies are living alone on the back of the planet, or they wear a mask of concealment and believe that no one sees their oppression with the Egyptians or He hears their falsehood that deny the grave violations Egyptians are subjected to.
“Ok .. the journalist colleague Amer Abdel Moneim in Lyman Tora, what does the minister do?”, So he responded to my thanksgiving one of the journalists asking about the last detainee without guilt or offense, but he checks the truth in what he says and writes and refuses to line up with the bearers of drums and incense burners.
A retaliatory war
Journalist Hussein Karim has been subjected to enforced disappearance for more than 50 days, and a large number of journalists suffer unjustified detention conditions, including: Mohsen Radi, Badr Muhammad Badr, Majdi Ahmed Hussein, Ahmed Subay, Hassan Qabbani, Mahmoud Hussein, Muhammad Saeed, Amer Abdel Moneim, Solafa Magdy, Israa Abdel Fattah and others. While the serial killer Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been conducting a war of revenge against journalists since his coup against the martyr President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, he considers journalism a crime.
The Egyptian Revolutionary Council said that the kidnapping of journalists and activists inside Egypt is not new to the coup gang since the 1950s, and called on the Journalists and Lawyers Syndicate to carry out its duties in protecting its members from the oppression of the military.
Mohamed Salah, head of the media office of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, said: “Sameh Shoukry breathes lies as usual. What about Mahmoud Hussein, Al-Jazeera correspondent, what are you accusing him of? What about dozens of journalists, whether behind bars or banned from writing while they are locked behind the walls of their homes? Amer Abdel Moneim, journalist and great researcher?
The owner of a Motassadeq account says: “The words that Sameh Shoukry said are not true. According to the Pressfreedom census for 2020, they documented their imprisonment for reasons“ related to publishing issues ”and accused of spreading false news and spreading rumors through the media, while it has happened. A number of journalists were arrested while performing their work. “
Egypt and Saudi Arabia top the list of the most repressive Arab countries on the press and freedom of opinion. Reporters Without Borders revealed the total of journalists arrested in the world by the end of 2020, which reached about 387 journalists, a number close to last year, and it indicated in a statistic that in 2019 it reached The number of journalists arrested is about 389 for reasons related to practicing the profession, more than half of them are concentrated in five countries at 61%, led by China, then Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Journalists usually secure themselves towards the police while covering protests by emptying the contents of their mobile phones from all that raises security suspicions, especially from social media applications, so that their phones will be their safe way of filming if they find a far and safe angle to photograph, while taking precautions when taking statements from citizens, so that they must Then flee quickly before the attention of the police.
During the protests, it is common for secret security personnel to wear civilian clothes, and through them, field journalists such as journalist Islam Al-Kalhi, editor of the Darb news website, were imprisoned while covering the protests of Al-Munib residents, after a local resident was killed by torture in the police station about two months ago. The charges brought against the arrested journalists are often joining a banned group, publishing and broadcasting false news, and misusing social media.
For its part, the Committee to Protect Journalists called for an end to the arrest of journalists covering the protests, and called for “the press to be allowed to operate without fear of imprisonment.” Activist and journalist “Hazem Hosni” called on journalists to stop working in the field, and even in journalism in general, and to announce this specifically by journalists on their pages and websites, as it is a form of silent protest against what is happening against journalism.
In a Facebook post, Hosni said, it is necessary that this be done in conjunction with the blocking of targeted sites and newspapers, and they have detained journalists, to install a picture of the imprisoned journalist on its home page with a slogan stating that the suspension of field journalism work is caused by the journalists’ inability to work, and that they do not They find someone to defend them after the regime took control of them.
Hosni acknowledged that what pushed him to this direction – which he compelled to put forward is that journalists are arrested and arrested while performing their work, and if they return safely with appropriate coverage, their websites are blocked, and if they write a summary of their coverage on their personal pages, they are also vulnerable to arrest.
And “Amnesty International” expressed its concern about the escalation of attacks on freedom of the press in Egypt, and arrests of journalists, and said that it is very concerned about the continuous attacks on press freedoms in Egypt, as at least 5 journalists have been arrested since early September, while dozens are still behind. The bars are simply for their journalistic work or the expression of their opinions.
About 29 journalists are currently in the military prisons, according to a census prepared by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. The journalist Ashraf Khalil says: “A question that needs to be answered without being satisfied with the silence of the graves … What the Foreign Minister said about not imprisoning a journalist in connection with an expression case, does not call for a meeting Urgently, the Council of the Syndicate and the issuance of a statement (clarification) listing the cases for which union colleagues were imprisoned, and the last of which was against the journalist Amer Abdel Moneim, even as a matter of clearing his responsibility and showing the minimum level of human sympathy (and I do not say the necessary union support) to colleagues who do not have a response Their absence? … Gentlemen, this is their right on us, and it is the weakest of faith. “
“No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information,” said Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “It is the cornerstone of building fair and honest institutions, holding leaders accountable, and confronting those in power with facts,” and if these words come from The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the ground on which the press laws and legislations in the world must be based. The matter in Egypt differs completely and in detail.
The years of the military coup against the press family in Egypt have passed and their wounds have not yet healed, so their freedom remains patched, between arrests, repression, crackdowns, prosecutions, intimidation, closure of newspapers and blocking of websites, which made the profession lose many of its pioneers who chose to leave the scene, either out of fear or in search of A more human source of livelihood. If the declaration endorsed by UNESCO has recognized that freedom of the press can only be achieved by ensuring a free, independent and pluralistic media environment, and this is a precondition for ensuring the security of journalists while performing their duties, and for ensuring that crimes against freedom of the press are investigated promptly and accurately, then the situation is on the ground. Kenana is far from it.
And if Reporters Without Borders titled the report of the year before last as “Hatred of the press threatening democracies,” using the term “media phobia for the first time,” then in the 2019 report it “confirmed what it went to previously, as its report titled“ The fear machine is operating at maximum Its energy “so that the most controversial question remains: Why does the dictator fear the press?
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