Gagging continues after the Egyptian revolution

June 19th, 2011 by Editor

Two journalists were referred to the Military Prosecutor General Office

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) is expressing sorrow for the continuous gagging of journalists and media specialists. Adel Hammoda, the editor in chief of Al Fagr Newspaper and Rasha Azab, a journalist in the same newspaper, were called on June 19, 2011 by the military prosecution office, Nasr City, for investigation about publishing false news about the Egyptian armed forces.

On June 16, 2011, Rasha Azab has published a report under the name of “details of the military zone meeting” and another one under the name of “videos of torturing protesters, virginity tests and sexual violations”. The report discussed details of the meeting held in one of the military zones and attended by some of the protesters, politicians and General Hassan Al Rouni, member of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces. The discussion covered the violations made by the military police against protesters and also referring civilians to military courts.

EOHR also mentioned that doing this kind of practices is a violation of the right of expression, one of the safeguards of the democratic state, threatening the revolutions’ earnings. EOHR calls the Supreme Council for Armed Forces for stopping referring civilians to the military courts and stopping calling media specialists for investigation about issues related to the right of expression. Supreme Council for Armed Forces should abide to the international human rights’ covenants on the right of expression that is mentioned in the Egyptian Constitutional Declaration too.

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