EOHR demands a prompt release of the Journalist, Ahmed Abu Deraa

September 8th, 2013 by Editor

EOHR condemns the arrest of the Journalist Ahmed Abu Deraa, a correspondent for Al-Masry Al-Youm Journal, ONTV Channel, and other international media. Ahmed was arrested in North of Sinai, and was referred to The Military Court; as he was covering the incidents of bombing the villages of Toma and Al-Mokataa by army forces. Military Prosecution in Ismalyia has accused of spreading news about The Egyptian Army, and he was decided to stay in custody for 15 days under investigations.
The Organization perceives that the arrest of a journalist who is on duty, and his reference to a military court is considered to be an encroachment upon freedom of opinion and expression stipulated by international conventions and agreements on human rights, as well as international and Egyptian legislation.
In this regard, the Organization demands a prompt release of Ahmed Abu Deraa , and preserving the investigation in this case with him; as he was on duty presenting an image of what is happening in reality to the Egyptian Spectator. Moreover, the authorities vested by the state of emergency should not be abused; as the application of the emergency law came on the light of fighting terrorism and violence, not to oppress the rights and freedoms of journalists, or any other citizen.
From his side, Mr.Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, asserted that arresting journalists and referring them to military courts is incompatible with the Egyptian Revolution which used Freedom as its slogan; as the Egyptian people had longed to freedom for years.
Mr .Abu Seada further added that freedom is the first step towards establishing a democratic system, thus freedom must be maintained and not to be oppressed on the grounds of fighting terrorism and violence; as freedom is the principle element in transferring reality to the mere Egyptian Citizen.

EOHR demands a prompt release of the Journalist, Ahmed Abu Deraa

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