Egypt

Struggle continues for Egypt's press


Five years after popular protests force Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to resign, Egypt is among the world's worst jailers of journalists. Since January 1, four people are sentenced for "publishing false news," five others are referred to trial, and two others are detained. Photojournalist Mahmoud "Shawkan" Abou Zeid, pictured, remains in prison more than 850 days after his arrest covering a protest.

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Statements   |   Egypt

Justice delayed for Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan

New York, February 5, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the prolonged trial of photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who has been in jail for more than 900 days. Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was due in court tomorrow along with more than 700 defendants who are being tried on charges ranging from rioting to attempted murder. Today, Cairo Criminal Court postponed the hearing until April 4 because a cage large enough to accommodate all the defendants was not available, according to his lawyers and state media reports.

February 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt sentences journalists to prison for 'publishing false news'

New York, January 13, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday condemned a Cairo court's sentencing of three journalists and one press freedom advocate to three years in prison each on charges of "publishing false news" and belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt detains two journalists, sentences another already detained

New York, January 5, 2016 - Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalist Mahmoud al-Sakka, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrest comes amid a series of repressive measures ahead of the anniversary of the January 25, 2011, uprising that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

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CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website, www.cpj.org.

But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has stepped in and advocated for journalists under threat. This year, we made some vital gains in our fight to protect journalists and press freedom.

We know we couldn't have done this without your support. Please continue to join us in our important work.



December 26, 2015 8:30 AM ET

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

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Slideshow: Journalists freed

While just under 200 journalists are behind bars, CPJ witnessed several memorable releases in 2015, including in Vietnam, Ethiopia, and even secretive Eritrea. Some of the journalists had spent years behind bars; they endured isolation and several say they were tortured. This year, CPJ’s advocacy contributed to the release of at least 31 journalists. Some of their stories are shown here.

Letters   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt's prosecutor general to support request to free Shawkan

Dear Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq. The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you because of our deep concern for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who is due to stand trial in Cairo Criminal Court on December 12, 2015. Shawkan's lawyers told CPJ they will ask the court to release him from custody We request that you support this request. Shawkan was at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in August 2013 not as a protester or a criminal, but as a journalist.

December 10, 2015 10:35 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to release freelance journalist Ismail Alexandrani

New York, December 1--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance investigative journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani. The journalist was charged today with publishing false news and belonging to the banned group, the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports.

December 1, 2015 4:32 PM ET

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CPJ newsletter: November 2015

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December 1, 2015 11:44 AM ET

Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to release imprisoned journalist

New York, November 19--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egypt to release Abdelrahman Abu Ouf, deputy editor-in-chief of Al Mesryoon, who was arrested Saturday, according to reports. The ongoing crackdown on press also included the brief detention of a journalist for the German news agency DPA, and a presenter on a state-run channel who was suspended from her job for statements she made on air, according to reports.

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