Egypt / 2014

As election nears, Egyptian press in peril

November 6, 2014 2:52 PM ET

CPJ and See Media release new documentary, 'Under Threat' New York, November 6, 2014--As Egypt prepares to elect a new parliament, the government continues to crack down on the press, forcing independent and critical voices into silence, exile, or prison. These threats are explored in a short documentary, "Under Threat,"...

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Journalists released from prison in Egypt, but others remain

September 17, 2014 3:48 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of two journalists in Egypt and calls on authorities to free the 11 other journalists still behind bars. The move comes days before Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to address the United Nations General...

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Reporters attacked covering first anniversary of Cairo protest killings

August 15, 2014 2:55 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2014--Several journalists have been attacked and briefly detained in Egypt since Thursday while covering deadly clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and security forces, according to news reports....

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Egypt convicts another journalist, bans TV channels

June 25, 2014 6:02 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2014--A Suez court sentenced a journalist to three years in prison on Tuesday on charges of inciting and committing violence during protests in April, according to news reports. The move follows harsh prison sentences given to three Al-Jazeera journalists on Monday....

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CPJ condemns harsh prison sentences for journalists in Egypt

June 23, 2014 10:46 AM ET

New York, June 23, 2014--A Cairo court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to lengthy prison terms on terrorism-related charges, according to news reports. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Peter Greste were given seven-year terms, while Baher Mohamed was given 10 years in prison. Three other international journalists--Sue Turton and Dominic Kane...

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CPJ welcomes release of two Egyptian journalists, calls for others to be freed

June 18, 2014 1:39 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison this week of two Egyptian journalists and calls on authorities to release at least 14 journalists still behind bars, including three Al-Jazeera journalists whose trial continues on Monday. Abdullah al-Shami, reporter for Al-Jazeera who was jailed...

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Harsh sentence in Egypt daunting for the press

June 11, 2014 2:06 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the 15-year jail sentence given today to Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah, and at least 24 other defendants, on charges of attacking a police officer and protesting the government's ban on unsanctioned protests. Dozens of critical voices, including...

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Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use

June 2, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a popular Egyptian TV host has taken his show off the air, citing harassment. CPJ is also disturbed by reports that Egyptian authorities are moving to monitor social media....

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Egyptian presidential candidates should support journalists, CPJ says

May 20, 2014 9:23 AM ET

To presidential candidates Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the state of press freedom in Egypt. Since the organization was founded in 1981, journalists in Egypt have never been under greater threat of assault, imprisonment, or even death, CPJ research shows.

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Egypt jails two journalists, renews detention of another

April 30, 2014 4:52 PM ET

Saaid Shihata, reporter for Yaqeen, an online news network that is supportive of former President Mohamed Morsi, was arrested on December 30, 2013, while another Yaqeen reporter, Ahmed Gamal, was arrested two days prior, according to Yahya Khalaf, Yaqeen's executive director, who spoke to CPJ. Both journalists were held after...

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