The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls for the abolishment of the press-restricting sentences

August 4th, 2016 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls for the abolishment of the press-restricting sentences

EOHR expresses its worries towards the issued sentence against the journalist in Al Ahram Gate[1] as he was given one year prison sentence by Boulaq Abu Al Alla court and he was convicted in absentia. Beside Hesham Younis who was ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 EGP in the lawsuit filed by Ahmed Al Zend , the head of the Judges Club and the ex minster of justice, against them.  

Moreover, This case goes back to 18 sep 2014 when a lawsuit was filed to the attorney-General by Ahmed Al zend ,ex justice minister, against Ahmed Abd Al Azeem Amer ,journalist at Al Ahram gate and Hesham Younis the editor-in chief at Al Ahram Gate As Al Zenda accused both of them by intentionally defame him because of the publication of a report accusing him of selling a state-owned land to a relative at a reduced price which located in the judies club in port said by 18.000 EGP to his sister’s spouse which is less than the fixed price in the land market. The report clarified that all the published information is considered to be a direct offence to the ex justice minister Ahmed Al Zend and those information is not correct and aims at defame him in front of his family and workplace and distrust his public position and the judicial authority generally. Additionally his lawyer asked for a temporary civil compensation of 1 million EGP.

it’s worth to be mentioned that in addition to Amer and Younis there are 11 journalists faced the same fate such as the TV talk shows presenters/ Wael Al Abrashi and yousif Al Hosini and Gamal Soultan the Editor-in-chief at the Egyptians Journal, Iman Badwy Editor at The Egyptians Journal, Abd Al Halim Kandel Editor –in-chief at Sot Al Oma Journal, Mohamed saad khatab the Editorial Advisers at Sot Al Oma journal, Gamal Abd Al Rehem the former Editor-in-chief at Al Jumhoriya journal and the secretary-general at the journalists’ syndicate, Safwat Omran Editor at Al jumhorya journal,Ibrahim Mansour Editor-in-Chief at Al Tahrir journal, Huda Abu Baker and Ismail Al Wesami Editors at Al Tahrir journal too.

Furthermore, EOHR believes that the imprisonment sentences are considered to be a clear restriction to the freedom of Expression which totally contradicts with the Egyptian constitution and the international covenants on Human Rights mainly the UDHR Article no.19 which stated “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers[2] in addition to the (ICCPR) issued on 1966 which stipulated “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice[3] and the Egyptian government has ratified and joint these international instruments which means that they must be considered as part of the Egyptian internal law as mentioned in Article no.93 from the Egyptian Constitution. Plus the Egyptian commitment made before International Human Rights Council to ensure the respect of the freedom of press In Egypt.

On other hand, EOHR confirms its consistent position against the sentences that deprives the journalists’ and writers’ freedoms concerning the Publishing issues. Additionally EOHR stresses on the necessity of reviewing and abolishing the laws restricting freedoms in Egypt especially on the publishing issues and freedom of expression pursuant to the international commitments of Egypt under the international covenants on human rights.

On His Part, Hafez Abu Seada-President of EOHR- confirmed that the freedom of expression is considered to be the real yardstick against which we can monitor progress on freedoms and rights in all countries; consequently the freedom of press should be maintained and protected and the government should guarantee that the journalists are enjoying their rights and freedoms stated in the international covenants on human rights.

Moreover, Abu Seada added that such sentences confirm the Egyptian authority’s path of restricting freedom of opinion and expression and the reuse of the vaguely laws particularly in the publishing cases that end up with a legal sentences which deprive the freedoms and rights.

Finally, Abu seada calls for an abolishment of the imprisonment sentences against the journalists, writers and thinkers. Additionally he is calling for a quick revising to the legislative infrastructure restricting the freedom of Opinion and Expression to be consistent with the international covenants on human rights.

[1]  An online news portal to Al-Ahram news-paper

[2] Article 19, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dec 1948.

[3] Article 19/2, International Covenant on civil and political rights,1966

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