On World Press Freedom Day EOHR issues its qualitative report “Freedom of expression a right that cannot be restricted”

May 4th, 2017 by Editor

On World Press Freedom Day

EOHR issues its qualitative report “Freedom of expression a right that cannot be restricted”

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) issued its qualitative report titled “Freedom of expression a right that cannot be restricted” to evaluate freedom of expression and the press in Egypt for the years 2015 and 2015. The report is divided into 3 sections as follows:

  • Section 1: Protection of journalists and their freedom in international treaties and conventions
  • Section 2: Legislative flaws in Egyptian law regarding freedom of the press and publishing related legal cases
  • Section 3: Samples of cases relating to freedom of the press
  • Conclusion: Recommendations

The report documented a large number of violations against journalists during the years 2015 and 2016. The violations ranged from mistreatment (38 reported) to interrogation by the prosecution (15 cases)Journalists standing trial (24 cases), to journalists detained under temporary custody (10 cases), to publishing cases (11 cases), to censorship (8 cases), to raiding a television channel, to suspending 14 TV shows and the list goes on.

The report concluded that these violations do not suit post revolution Egypt, as respecting and safeguarding freedoms are the main foundation of this pivotal time in Egypt’s history. The report also said that such violations contradict international human rights law and the constitution.

 

The report issued the following recommendations:

  • Legal reforms to laws regulating freedom of the press and the media that ensure their freedom and independence in accordance with international human rights conventions and principles
  • A new media honor code that monitors how the media and the press behave, and restructures the administrative and financial structures of media institutions to prevent corruption and enhance self oversight.
  • Removing any constraints on access to public information, and create laws that facilitate access to information and punishes any public servants to impede that right.
  • Halting all forms of censorship, and limiting the right to close down a television channel to the courts.
  • Halting all forms of harassment against journalists

 

 

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