January 22nd, 2017 by Editor
EOHR declares its solidarity with Egypt’s Press syndicate in the case of Mosalam and Al Khattib
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) declares its solidarity with the press syndicate, Mahmoud Mosalam the editor in cheif of Al Watan news paper, and his deputy Ahmed Al Khattib.
Mr. Mosalam and Al Khattib are to stand trial in a criminal court after they were accused of insulting Al Azhar (Egypt’s official Islamic institution). Al Watan news paper posted last August a series of articles on corruption within Al Azhar, which propmted the religous institution to take legal action against them.
EOHR is disappointed and concerned of the persistence of the phenomenon of persecuting individuals because of their rightings, ideas and criticism of institutions and public figure. EOHR stresses that all individuals have a legitimate right to freely express their views and opinions in accordance with Egypt’s constitution, the Universal declaration for Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
EOHR implores the Egyptian state with all its branches of government to work on suspending the application of the penal code in cases that criminalize freedom of expression and the press, in accordance with Egypt’s international legal obligations as a ratifier of the international covenant on civil and political rights and the universal declaration.
Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stongly stressed that the latest developments are a dangerous indication that the right to free speech is threatened; adding that freedom of speech was earned by the Egyptian people after the revolution of January 25th, 2011.
Abu Seada called upon Egypt’s government to stop employing such methods in dealing with the press, because these methods clearly violate their rights. He also demanded that laws may ammended accordingly to remove any legal texts that punish or limit freedom of expression.
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