About the Author and Contributors
Published August 14, 2013
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Sherif Mansour is coordinator of CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program. He previously worked with Freedom House in Washington, where he managed advocacy training for activists in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2010, Mansour co-founded the Egyptian Association for Change, a Washington-based nonprofit that mobilized Egyptians in the U.S. to support an opposition coalition led by Mohamed ElBaradei that sought free and fair elections and human rights in Egypt. He has monitored Egyptian elections for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies and has worked as a freelance journalist. In 2004, he was honored by the Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights for his work in defending freedom of expression in Egypt. Mansour has written several articles and conducted research on civil society and the role of the news media in achieving democracy.
Shaimaa Abu Elkhir is an Egyptian journalist and human rights defender who serves as CPJ’s Cairo-based consultant. She previously worked as the Regional Media and Communications Officer at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. She has reported for several Egyptian newspapers and television stations.
Jean-Paul Marthoz, author of the sidebar “NGO Case Criminalizes Human Rights Work,” is CPJ’s Brussels-based senior adviser. Marthoz teaches international journalism at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium and has reported from many countries for the Brussels daily Le Soir and the quarterly Enjeux internationaux.
PHOTO: A July protest in Cairo. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)