Ibrahim Eissa

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Pre-empting the Satellite TV Revolution

February 10, 2009 12:55 AM ET

Uneasy about satellite television coverage of civil strife and economic hardship, Arab governments are trying to reassert control over the medium. Will a new regional agreement halt the satellite revolution? By Joel Campagna...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Egypt

February 10, 2009 12:37 AM ET

Egypt took a lead role in developing a regional charter designed to restrict satellite broadcasting throughout the Arab world. At the behest of President Hosni Mubarak, parliament extended the 27-year-old Emergency Law, keeping intact for two additional years a...

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Egypt strikes down jail time, upholds fines against editors

February 2, 2009 2:26 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Cairo appeals court decision to strike down a one-year jail term against four editors, but condemns that the conviction stands for criticizing President Hosni Mubarak and his top aides....

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Court imposes heavy fines on two weekly journalists

October 15, 2008 7:54 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Egyptian court's decision on Saturday to levy steep fines against an editor and reporter for an independent weekly that published a satirical piece about a prominent cleric....

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Outspoken editor's jail sentence pardoned

October 6, 2008 10:38 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2008―The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the presidential pardon today of a two-month jail sentence against Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Al-Dustour....

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Eissa gets two months in jail

September 29, 2008 7:41 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2008―The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the two-month jail term handed down by a Cairo appeal court to a leading Egyptian editor on Sunday....

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Egypt detains reporter covering protests

September 26, 2008 8:41 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2008―The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the ongoing detention of a reporter for the independent daily Al-Dustour. Hossam Al Wakeel, 20, was arrested on Wednesday while covering protests that erupted after “the arbitrary closure”...

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Egyptian journalists face the trials of September

September 2, 2008 6:36 PM ET

Many in Egypt still dread the month of September. Twenty-seven years ago, the government arbitrarily jailed hundreds of civil society activists of different political and religious leanings, including journalists. The capricious crackdown, which occurred only a few weeks before President...

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Station bumped from Egyptian satellite; explanation is needed

April 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Bassiouni, The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about your company's decision to stop carrying the signal of the London-based Al-Hewar Television. Nilesat, an Egyptian government-owned satellite transmission company, stopped carrying the channel on April 1 without warning or explanation, according to international news reports and Egypt-based journalists. The station remains accessible to viewers on the Atlantic Bird satellite system, according to news reports.

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Leading independent editor sentenced to six months in jail

March 26, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Leading independent editor sentenced to six months in jail New York, March 26, 2008―The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the six-month jail term handed down today to a leading Egyptian editor and urges the appeals court to overturn the conviction....

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