Rise of official complaints against media specialists invites Hisba Lawsuits in Egypt

January 4th, 2012 by Editor

Rise of official complaints against media specialists invites Hisba Lawsuits[1] in Egypt

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses sorrow for having many official reports filed to the prosecution general office against media specialists working for satellite channels. The report no. 11004, year 2011, was filed against Yousry Foda, Rim Maged, Hala Sarhan, Khairy Ramadan, Lamis Al Hadidy, Youssef Abdel Rahman, Mahmoud Saad, Hussein Abdel Ghani and Amr Al Lithy. Those media specialist are claimed to be creating social security disorders and chaos. They invite guests that urge people against the state authorities, specially the Supreme Council for Armed Forces and the police, in their talk shows. The complainer called for opening an official investigation on the episodes of Nas Talk Show, December 5, 2011, 90 Minutes, November 17, 2011, Akher Kalam, December 6, 2011 and Baladna Bel Masry, December 4, 2011. The complainer also called for investigating the fund sources of Al Nahar and CBC satellite channels.

The abovementioned official report is not the first in this aspect. A researcher on political science filed the official report no. 11029, year 2011, against Al Jazera and On TV channels, Albert Shafeq, the general manager, Gamal Al Shinnawy, programming manager and the media specialists Yousri Foda, Rem Roshdi and Hala Sarhan. The researcher claimed that they place hatred between people and the state authorities.

EOHR considers this kind of official reports as the short way to make an enemy of entities provides great services to the Egyptian society. EOHR denounces such charges against the media specialist and corporations, warning against opening the door to Hisba Lawsuits, which threatens the social stability and ethics.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stressed on the significance of the freedom of expression that is one of the human rights’ priorities. Media corporations transfer the points of view of different groups and categories to the public in order to better identify the priorities of the democratic transformation era. Because these media channels provide points of view of cultured people, EOHR and other civil society organizations intend to form a legal committee to defend media specialists and corporations against such reports. EOHR and the other human rights’ organizations aim at contributing reinforcement of freedom of expression and journalism standards.

[1] Cases filed by private parties in the name of protecting state interests

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