EOHR Condemns the Shut Down of Misr Al Arabia website

April 5th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR Condemns the Shut Down of Misr Al Arabia website

 The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) strongly condemns the shutdown of Misr Al Arabia website and the detention of its editor Adel Sabri. EOHR views such behavior as a blatant violation of freedom of expression which is a right protected by the Egyptian Constitution and International Human Rights Law.

On Tuesday the 3rd of April, 2018 security forces raided the headquarters of news website in Cairo, arrested the editor Adel Sabri who is still in custody at Al Dokki police station and shutdown news website. This transpired shortly after Misr Al Arabia republished a New York Times article which heavily criticized last week’s presidential elections.

EOHR reiterates its deep concerns regarding the deteriorating state of human rights in Egypt and persistence of placing harsh restrictions on freedom of expression. This sad development comes days after fining Al Masry Al Youm daily new paper 150,000 EGP because of a headline claiming that the State is mobilizing voters for the elections. The government deemed the headline inappropriate and hence the heavy fine. Such practices contradict international human rights treaties and conventions among them the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; such practices also come in violation of article 71 of the constitution.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stated that the government should reconsider its decision to shut down the website adding that such a decision violates the right to freedom of expression and opinion. Abu Seada concluded that such practices must stop so that basic freedoms and rights can be upheld.

 

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