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Four IFEX members call for Arab governments to end imprisonment for freedom of expression cases

(EOHR/IFEX) - The following is a joint action on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day by CIHRS, CPJ, EOHR, HRinfo and EJS:

World Press Freedom Day


IFEX members and organisers of the World Press Freedom Day Forum in Cairo - entitled "What is the Arab World's loss in keeping Imprisonment In publishing Cases?" - The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (HRInfo) alongside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate (EJS) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) hereby :-

Call upon Arab governments to immediately release all journalists detained for expressing opinions, ending investigations with hundreds of them and annulling cases filed against them.

This includes the following journalists:

-Mohammed Abbou - Tunisia

-Mohamed Ben Chiko - Algeria

-Ali Al Abdallah - Syria

-Ibrahim Sahari - Egypt

-Saher Gad - Egypt

-Amin El Deeb - Egypt

Further call upon governments in the Arab World to abolish all punishments and penalties putting free expression at risk and abolishing imprisonment in press cases while also abolishing restrictions imposed on the establishment of newspapers, satellite and TV channels and other forms of independent media.

Call for an end to defamation of journalists and writers as a punishment for their free expression of opinions; this leads the organisers to call for the immediate annulment of all accusations against Al Jazeera Bureau director in Cairo, Hussein Abdel Ghani, as well as ending the systematic practice of defamation against journalists in Tunisia.

Invite all civil society groups in Egypt and the world to express solidarity with freedom of expression advocates in their quest to abolish imprisonment and other freedom-restricting punishments and penalties.

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

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