The verdict against the president of Egypt’s press syndaicte, a new slap on the face of freedom of expression

November 19th, 2016 by Editor

The verdict against the president of Egypt’s press syndaicte, a new slap on the face of freedom of expression

 EOHR recieved the 2 year prison sentence and 10,000 LE fine against Press syndacite president Yehia Kalash, and two other members of the board Gamal Abdel Rehim and Khaled Al Balshi with shock and concern.

This came after the prosecution of central Cairo sent Kalash, Balshi and Abdelrehim to trail, before releasing them on bail, because of the May press syndacite incident when police broke in to the syndacite building to arrest journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud El Sakka.

Prison sentences against syndacite leaders because of their defense of their fellow journalists whom were arrested for their opinions are a great violation of freedom of expression, and are an assault on the rights of journalists. Freedom of expression is one of the main principles of human rights and is guranteed by the universal declaration for human rights, and the covenant on civil and political rights. Egypt is party to the before mentioned treaties, and their for is obliged to uphold them.

EOHR reaffirms its utmost respect to the Egyptian judical system, however it sees that the existence of laws that allow imprisonment in cases of expression and opinion pose a threat to freedom of expression, and contradicts Egypt’s constitution and international obligations.

 

EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to stop the implementation of the criminal code against freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and to stand up to her international obligations in accordance with its signature and ratification of various international human rights conventions and treaties.

EOHR also implores parliament to abrogate legal  incarceration penalties in press related crimes, and to ammend existing laws in accordance with Egypt’s international obligations.

From his side, Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said that this verdict restricts freedom of expression, and threatens it as it hits the president of the press syndacite who happens to be a symbol of freedom of expression and thought.

Abu Seada added that this verdict is truly unprecedented in the history of the syndacite, as it hits journalism as a whole, which might lead to a conflict between the state and the press, he also demanded that the government should review legistlation on freedom of expression, and cancel incarceration penalties in such cases.

 

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