The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Demands that the Director of Al-Jazeera’s Office in Cairo is Immediately Released and that an Immediate Investigation Begins on the Death of Al-Ahram Journalist, Ahmed Muhammad Mahmoud.

February 5th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its condemnation of the detention of the director of Al-Jazeera office in Cairo, Abd Al-Fattah Fayid in addition to a journalist who accompanied him, Ahmed Youssef by security forces. EOHR then demands that they are immediately released in accordance to their rights to freedom, personal security and freedom of expression protected under the Egyptian constitution and the relevant international human rights convention. This incident occurred days after the closure of the office of the channel, the interruption of its broadcasting and the detention of 6 journalists who belong to the English Al-Jazeera. 

On the other hand, EOHR demands that an immediate investigation starts in the incident of the death of the A-Ahram journalist, “Ahmed Muhammad Mahmoud”, and to refer those who have been proven to be involved to immediate trial. His death occurred on the evening of Friday, 4/2/2011, following his injury during the demonstrations of the 29th of last January. EOHR also condemns the targeting of foreign correspondents by some thugs during their coverage of the demonstrations of the 25th of January in Tahrir Square. 

In that regard, EOHR demands the following:

– that the Egyptian army provides protection and safety for all journalists to preserve their lives in accordance to their legitimate right of expression and their right to exchange information.

– that the strategy of terrorizing foreign correspondents is stopped as it constitutes a violation of their right to life, freedom, personal security and the freedom of opinion and expression.

– that the government intervenes to stop all types and forms of violations directed against journalists, correspondents and human rights activists as well.

It’s noteworthy that EOHR is documenting all violations human rights activists and journalists are exposed to and will be referred to the Council for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteurs on both the freedom of opinion and expression and on the defenders of human rights.


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