EOHR calls for protection of the media specialists

December 15th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for receiving news on sending death-threat text messages to the mobile phones to a number of media specialists in order to stop their campaigns against corruption and calling for taking the corruption members to accountability.

On December 13, 2011, Adel Hamouda, the Editor in Chief of Al Fagr Newspaper, Magdi Al Gallad, the Editor in Chief Al Misry Al Youm, Amr Al Lithy the presenter of 90 Minuets Talk Show and lamis Al Hadidi, the presenter of Hona Al Asima Talk Show have received the threatening text messages.

The satellite channels talked on many problematic and serious issues that represent obstacles on the way of democratic transformation.  The discussed issues included the wealth of Mubarak family inside and outside Egypt, corruption of Mubarak assistants and follower, torture in police stations, prisons and detention centers as well as debts.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stressed on the role of media specialists after the Egyptian revolution in connection with uncovering many corruption issues and following up important issues like fairness, transparency and democratic transformation.

EOHR calls the Egyptian authorities for immediate investigation on the threatening messages and taking the perpetrators to accountability in order to achieve the atmosphere of freedom of expression. The legislative structure is still in need to major amendments to cover all the principals of the freedom of expression.

EOHR stresses on the necessity to confront this kind of threats in order not to get backward to the same situation of oppressing media specialist before the revolution. Many of the prominent media specialists came under oppression like Hwaida Taha and Ahmed Mansour from Al Jazera Channel, Abdel Halim Kandil, Editor in Chief of Al Arabi Al Naseri Newspaper and the journalist Hamdin Sabbahi. 

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