Reda Helal

10 results arranged by date


News Wrap for 8/15/08

The Miami Herald is covering news out of Colombia that TV network Telesur has again been accused of having ties to FARC rebels. A journalist for the network has been fingered by the government after his name was allegedly found on confiscated FARC computers. CPJ is quoted in the story: ''The fact that Parra's name has supposedly been found on a FARC computer is not proof of any wrongdoing,'' said Americas Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría. The Olympian in Washington is also running this story today.

AllAfrica has republished our alert on the disappearance of prominent Egyptian editor, Reda Halal, who vanished on his way home from work five years ago in Cairo. There has been no progress made in the case, and CPJ's repeated calls to the Egyptian government have been largely ignored. For more, read our special report on Reda Helal: "The Forgotten Man."

Lastly this morning, Islam has a story about the continued targeting of media in Iraq that cites our numbers of at least 130 journalists and 50 media workers killed since 2003.

August 15, 2008 11:19 AM ET


Alerts   |   Egypt

Still no word, five years after editor disappeared

New York, August 11, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the failure of the Egyptian authorities to shed light on the disappearance of a prominent journalist, five years ago today, in one of the most secure districts in Cairo.

Reda Helal, a senior editor at Egypt’s leading state-owned daily Al-Ahram, mysteriously vanished on August 11, 2003, on his way home from work in a heavily guarded area in the center of the Egyptian capital. Helal, who was then 45, lived in an area in downtown Cairo with important state buildings and diplomatic missions, including the Egyptian parliament and both the British and U.S. embassies.

August 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Reports   |   Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Missing, Nepal, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine

Journalists Missing

CPJ research indicates that the following journalists have disappeared while doing their work. Although some of them are feared dead, no bodies have been found, and they are therefore not classified as "Killed." If a journalist disappeared after being held in government custody, CPJ classifies him or her as "Imprisoned" as a way to hold the government accountable for the journalist's fate.

Cases of journalists missing in conflict zones or areas under the control of militant groups, such as in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen are extremely difficult to track. Information is scarce, the situation is constantly changing, and some cases go unreported.

Reports   |   Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Multimedia

The Forgotten Man: Audio Slide Show

Al-Ahram editor Reda Helal disappeared. Now all memory of him may vanish too.

October 17, 2007 8:47 PM ET


Reports   |   Egypt, Iraq, Libya

The Forgotten Man: CPJ Special Report

Reda Helal vanished in central Cairo four years ago. Now, even the memory of the prominent state editor has nearly disappeared. Why have the government and the press ignored his case?
October 17, 2007 12:00 AM ET


Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Thailand, Tunisia

Backsliders: The 10 countries where press freedom has most deteriorated

New York, May 2, 2007--Three nations in sub-Saharan Africa are among the places worldwide where press freedom has deteriorated the most over the last five years, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. Ethiopia, where the government launched a massive crackdown on the private press by shutting newspapers and jailing editors, leads CPJ's dishonor roll. The African nations of the Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo join Russia and Cuba among the world's worst "backsliders" on press freedom.

Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt

Attacks on the Press 2005: Egypt


Press freedom was dealt a triple blow in 2005—in Parliament, in court, and on the street. President Hosni Mubarak failed to honor promises made in 2004 to introduce legislation that would decriminalize press offenses. A criminal court handed jail terms to three journalists from one of the country's few independent newspapers for defaming a minister. Security forces and thugs believed to have been hired by the ruling party assaulted reporters covering antigovernment protests and parliamentary elections.
February 16, 2006 11:35 AM ET


Alerts   |   Egypt

Two years after an Egyptian editor's disappearance, no answers and few details

New York, August 11, 2005—
The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed its dismay today that an Egyptian editor is still missing two years after his disappearance in central Cairo. CPJ urgently called on Egypt's government to locate Reda Helal, deputy editor for the semi-official daily Al-Ahram.

Colleagues said Helal left Al-Ahram's Cairo offices early the afternoon of August 11, 2003. A doorman at Helal's apartment building on Qasr al-Aini Street in central Cairo reported seeing the editor return home later that day, according to news reports. But when the doorman and a food deliveryman arrived at Helal's door soon after, there was no response and the door was locked, the reports said.

August 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt

Attacks on the Press 2004: Egypt


For the first time in years, Egyptian journalists are cautiously optimistic about prospects for press freedom. President Hosni Mubarak, whose record on press issues has been spotty since he took power in 1981, proposed decriminalizing press offenses as public debate about political reforms gained steam. Journalists, for their part, showed greater willingness to take on the government.
March 14, 2005 11:35 AM ET


10 results