Egypt - Alerts
The government has put into place a punitive system that includes issuing warnings, notices, suspensions and the revoking of licenses from satellite television channels when deemed necessary.
Unknown individuals began shooting randomly into the crowd of protesting textile workers.
The president of Akhbar El-Youm Academy, Ahmed Zaki Badr, fired six employees for having participated in a demonstration calling for his dismissal.
The Shura Council has announced it will be making the final selection for new editor-in-chiefs of state-run publications, following consideration by a 14-member committee that includes journalists and communications professors.
Mohamed Gharib was sentenced to three years' imprisonment while seven other activists were given six months each.
Ashraf Nabil and Ahmed Helmy were fined and given six-month suspended prison sentences after attempting to produce a documentary about election bribery.
The decision followed an appeal submitted by five human rights NGOs on 14 June against the head of the SCAF, the minister of justice, the minister of defense, the public prosecutor, the chief of military justice, and the military prosecutor, in their respective capacities.
The Ministry of Justice grants both commissioned and non-commissioned officers from military intelligence and the military police judicial powers of arrest in cases of crimes committed by civilians – over whom the military should have no legal jurisdiction.
Hanan Youssef was fined 10000 Egyptian pounds for allegedly slandering the former editor-in-chief of a government-funded newspaper.
While the lapse of the Emergency Law is a step in the right direction, Freedom House urges all political forces in Egypt to take steps to ensure that no such measures can be imposed again.
About 15 plainclothes police carried out the raid because the station was operating without a license, a common reality for news outlets in Cairo as the authorities have a long record of withholding broadcast licenses.
Press release May 14, 2012
While in custody, Ahmed Ramadan and Islam Abu al-Ezz were ordered to crawl on their stomachs with their hands behind their backs while soldiers repeatedly kicked and beat them.
Mohamed Raafat was beaten and shot at with pellets by three unidentified armed men while he filmed the clashes. They went on to confiscate his camera and beat him for one hour.
Nessreen Fouad and Hanna Abu el-Ez were attacked by Muslim Brotherhood supporters while attempting to cover a public conference by a presidential candidate of the brotherhood's political party.
Authorities refused to grant licences to many foreign NGOs, including the Carter Center, Rights and Freedoms International and Seeds of Peace, stating that their activities violate "the state's sovereignty on its lands."
Press release April 23, 2012
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The human rights defender had entered Egypt in the last few months without any problems, leading CIHRS to believe that the denial of entry was politically motivated and in collaboration with the Bahraini authorities.