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Record number of journalists jailed in Egypt

Egyptian authorities are holding the highest number of journalists behind bars since CPJ began keeping records, according to a prison census the organization conducted on June 1, 2015. Most of the journalists are accused of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Don't think that being in jail is a manly thing, like they show you in the movies," said one imprisoned journalist, Egyptian photographer Shawkan. "Every day in jail, I learn more about subjugations, about injustice."

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Statements   |   Egypt

In Egypt, verdict expected in trial of Al-Jazeera journalists

New York, July 28, 2015--An Egyptian court is scheduled to issue a verdict on Thursday in the retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste, according to news reports. Greste is being tried in absentia. A court in February ordered the retrial because of lack of evidence leading to the journalists' conviction of "conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood," which the government has banned, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the charges and calls on Egyptian authorities to stop legally harassing journalists.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests press advocate, accuses him of belonging to banned group

Washington, July 24, 2015--Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested the head of a journalists syndicate and accused him of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on the Egyptian government to release Aboubakr Khallaf immediately.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian security forces raid news network offices, arrest director

New York, July 16, 2015--Egyptian security forces have arrested Yahya Khalaf, the director of the privately owned Yaqeen news network, and are holding him under investigation for alleged crimes linked to terrorism, according to the network, a government statement, and news reports.

July 16, 2015 5:02 PM ET

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Letters   |   Egypt

CPJ urges Egypt to halt legal clampdown on the press

Dear President el-Sisi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt.

Press Releases   |   Egypt

Record number of journalists in Egyptian jails

Most accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood; more than half worked online

New York, June 25, 2015--The number of journalists in Egyptian jails is the highest since the Committee to Protect Journalists began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990, according to a new census of imprisoned journalists in Egypt released today. Of the 18 journalists behind bars as of June 1, more than one-third are sentenced to life in prison.

June 25, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Statements   |   Egypt, Germany

Al-Jazeera journalist detained while headed to Qatar

New York, June 21, 2015--An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained on Saturday in Berlin while headed to Qatar, according to news reports. Ahmad Mansour, a British-Egyptian TV host for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was detained in connection with an Egyptian arrest warrant dating back to a 2014 conviction in Egypt on politically motivated charges, news reports said. Mansour, who was convicted in absentia, denied the allegations. Mansour's arrest comes just months after the release of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned in Egypt for more than a year.

June 21, 2015 12:33 PM ET

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Media Advisories   |   Egypt

CPJ to release census of journalists jailed in Egypt

New York, June 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a census of journalists imprisoned in Egypt on June 25, 2015.

June 17, 2015 6:01 AM ET

Alerts   |   Egypt

Two journalists given prison sentences in Egypt

New York, June 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the convictions and sentencing of two journalists in separate cases in Egypt over the weekend.

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