In defense of freedom of expression and the press EOHR condemns the suspension of 2 newspaper issues

April 11th, 2017 by Editor

In defense of freedom of expression and the press

EOHR condemns the suspension of 2 newspaper issues

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) voices its great concern, and great condemnation of the suspension of 2 issues by Al Bawaba news (Newspaper). EOHR considers this move to be a grave violaton of some of the most sacred principles of human rights, enshrined by international human rights law, and that is the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press

 

Al Bawaba news published in its Monady edition content criticizing the government’s faliure to prevent the Palm Sunday Church bombings, and called upon the security agencies to revise the counterterrorism strategy. The Monday issue apparentley in response was confiscated, and so was Tuesday’s issue in what seems to be an alarming trend. This comes simultaneously with President Al Sisi declaring a 3 months long state of emergency after Sunday’s terrorist attacks.

EOHR reaffirms that the act of confiscating newspapers is a form of intimidation excercised by the state that restricts freedom of the press, which violates article 71 of Egypt’s constitution, and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

EOHR also wishes to remind the Egyptian government that they have accepted over 10 recommendations during November 2014’s UPR session that stress the importance of protecting freedom of expression, and freedom of the press in Egypt.

Finally EOHR reiterates that freedom of expression is the core foundation of any democratic society therefor it must be respected, especially after 2 revolutions in 2011 and 2013 whose main aim was earning and safeguarding that very notion.

Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR assereted that the press and the media are one of the tools of oversight in any democratic system, and that those institutions must be free to exress their views and opinions without constraints inorder for them to fulfil their functions. Abu Seada also said that freedom of expression and the press are protected by international human rights treaties, and Egypt’s constitution, adding that fighting terrorism should not contravene human rights in accordance with the fourth pillar of the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy.

 

 

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