26 October, 2014

Egypt: Painful Blow to the Freedom of Expression in Egypt

Unjust 3-Year Sentence on Youth for Peacefully Protesting & Prominent Media-figure “Mahmoud Saad” Banned from Presenting “Akher Al-Nahar” Talk Show

Cairo: 29 October, 2014

Minfo-131204174317efXJ The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, said that Egypt is currently witnessing further severe blows to the freedom of expression that widely separated between the state of law and justice and the citizens. Heliopolis Misdemeanors Court today carried 23 young men and women 3-year in prison sentences on peaceful protesting charges. Meanwhile, the satellite channel “Al-Nahar” precluded media-figure “Mahmoud Saad” from presenting his renowned talk show “Akher Al-Nahar”, in a continuation of the episodes of severe restrictions on the media and the freedom of expression.

“The unfair sentences on opinion holders, while those who are accused of corruption or murder receive lenient sentences, also the ban decision on the prominent media-figure “Mahmoud Saad”- who is known for his impartiality and professionalism- while the one-voice and one-opinion policy is being promoted are unacceptable matters at all,” ANHRI expresses.

ANHRI demands the drop of the unfair judgment issued against the youth who only exercised their right to peaceful protest. It also calls on the officials in Al-Nahar TV to reverse the ban decision on Mahmoud Saad and to review their orientation; bearing in mind the basic aim and message of the press and media.

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