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Journalist harassed, detained, his photographs erased, while investigating construction company activities

(ANHRI/IFEX) - The following is a 20 July 2008 ANHRI press release:

Days Ago, No Investigation Occurred
A Journalist at Al-Tareeq Newspaper is waiting for Justice

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI.net, has presented a complaint to the Prosecutor General demanding an explanation for not conducting any investigation of an assault on Almohamed Altaher, a journalist at "Al-Tareeq" newspaper. Altaher was illegally detained by some of the staff members of Madinaty Project, which is run by Alexandria Constructions Company.

Altaher submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General's office demanding an investigation of his allegations against the Chief of Security of Madinaty Project, (. . .) who Altaher says assaulted him, insulted him, detained him for three hours, and deleted his photographs before he was finally released.

According to Altaher, the project managers tried to reach a deal with the newspaper by offering them an amount of money for an advertisement if the newspaper would refrain from mentioning the incident. The newspaper refused and an article detailing the incident was published. Altaher added that he presented the request for an investigation three weeks ago but as of 20 July, still has received no response.

ANHRI is concerned that delays in the investigation of complaints by young journalists to the Prosecutor General are too common, because Altaher's complaint is not the only one on which no action has been taken. The complaint by Kamal Murad of "El-Fagr" newspaper regarding his assault by a police officer, which was presented by ANHRI on 21 June, has not been investigated either.

ANHRI also notes that "all complaints presented to the Prosecutor General should be given the same attention, regardless of who presents them or whom they are against. Any other treatment of them would jeopardize justice."

For further information on the Murad case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/94872

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