The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the Supreme Council’s decision reconsideration

September 8th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls the Supreme Council for Armed Forces and the cabinet to reconsider the joint decision for suspending issuance of new satellite channels’ establishment permissions. Such a decision does not comply with revolutionary sprit and principals, headed by the right of expression. The decision also included hard censorship on the performance of the satellite channels that promotes strife. The meeting of SCAF and the cabinet members also decided cutting any negotiations with any protesters in the different authorities, until they suspend their protests.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that these decisions will not end the problems of the satellite channels’ performance and violating the rules. The decision did not identify the meaning of “strife” or the procedures of censorship, and that makes the decision a fatal weapon against all the satellite channels. The solution must tackle ethical and professional rules for the performance of the satellite channels in different fields. He also emphasized that the rights of expression and access to information are guaranteed for all people according to the Egyptian constitutional declaration and the international human rights’ standards.     

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