During the Demonstrations of the 25th of January

January 26th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns the Restriction of the Right to Free Expression

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expressed its grave concern regarding the governmental practices represented in blocking the websites of Facebook, Twitter and Bambuser which are used by activists and bloggers to transmit live videos of the demonstrations. Also, the websites of the Original Dustur and Al-Badeel have been blocked because they have allocated live pages to cover the demonstrations. EOHR also condemns assaulting the journalist, Muhammad Abd Al-Qudus, the commissioner of the freedoms committee of the Journalists Syndicate on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 while protesting in front of the syndicate in addition to the assaults committed yesterday against several Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Shorouk journalists.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, emphasized that these violations contradict the obligations of the government and its voluntary commitments to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva regarding the protection of the freedoms of opinion, expression and press. This is according to Egypt’s ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This also contradicts articles 46,47 and 49 of the Egyptian constitution which protect the freedom of opinion and expression.

Abu Saeda added that there is no room for such violations and restrictions anymore regarding the freedom of the media in Egypt especially that we’re living the age of globalization  and information openness which dictates having free independent democratic and effective media and press.

Abu Saeda has demanded the harassments directed against the freedom of opinion and expression and the freedom of exchanging information be put to an end as they could risk the freedom of expression in general and the freedom of the media in particular. He also demanded an immediate investigation to start regarding the incident of assaulting Muhammad Abd Al-Qudus and the journalists of Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Shorouk. This is in accordance with the right to the freedom of opinion and expression and the right to peaceful assembly protected under the constitution and the international human rights conventions which have become part and parcel of the Egyptian domestic law according to Article 151 of the constitution. This is also in accordance with Egypt’s commitments made to the Human Rights Council.  

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