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IFEX messages of support to Egyptian colleagues

On 3 February, a record 55 IFEX members called on the Egyptian government to respect and protect freedom of expression and the right to information. See the joint action here.
In support of our Egyptian colleagues, organisations and affiliates in the country, you will below find a collection of messages from IFEX members around the world. IFEX members are invited to join their network colleagues by sending in their messages of support in any language to campaigns (@) ifex.org.

To visit websites of the Egypt-based IFEX members, click here:
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).


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Messages of support from our members

Institute of Mass Information: Nos consœurs et confrères égyptiens, n'oubliez pas les leçons de la révolution Orange en Ukraine. Il ne suffit pas de changer les dirigeants. Il est indispensable de changer les habitudes politiques. Ce qu'on n'a pas vraiment fait en Ukraine et ce pour quoi on paie très cher aujourd'hui.

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers: WAN-IFRA calls on the Egyptian authorities to protect journalists covering the ongoing demonstrations and to allow the press to fulfil its role in providing credible, critical and timely information to the society. Journalists covering the demonstrations must be free to report without fear of attack or arrest.
More on Egypt from WAN-IFRA

SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom:

في هذه المحطة المفصلية التي تشهد فيها مصر تحولا تاريخيا نحو الديموقراطية وترسيخ الحريات العامة وحقوق الانسان والحريات الاعلامية بشكل خاص يؤكد مركز "سكايز" للدفاع عن الحريات الاعلامية والثقافية (عيون سمير قصير) وقوفه بقوة الى جانب الصحافيين والاعلاميين المصريين وحقهم في التعبير ونقل الوقائع والحقيقة، ويتضامن بشكل خاص مع المنظمات التوأم الصديقة "الشبكة العربية لمعلومات حقوق الانسان" و"مركز القاهرة لدراسات حقوق الانسان" و"المنظمة المصرية لحقوق الانسان" لدورهم الاساسي في الدفاع عن حقوق الانسان


Arab Archives Institute: It is your words and your fight for freedom that brought about change, made despotic leaders tremble and gave hope and inspiration to millions of people in the streets. Keep it up, and rest assured that all freedom advocates worldwide support you.

Committee to Protect Journalists: We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues, and we're alarmed at the prospect of these witnesses being sidelined at this crucial moment in Egyptian history. - Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator
More on Egypt from CPJ

Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala: La agencia CERIGUA y su red de Corresponsales en Guatemala envía su fraternal solidaridad y exige respeto a la vida y trabajo de nuestros colegas, periodistas y comunicadores de Egipto.

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 joins in solidarity with all those defending freedom of expression and information in Egypt and across the Middle East and North Africa.
More on Egypt from ARTICLE 19

Index on Censorship: As long as censors can flick a switch on the Internet, cut off mobile phones and satellites with ease, target the international media and turn foreign financed tanks on peaceful protest, then half the battle for free expression in Egypt has to be fought in the corporate offices and government agencies of Europe and North America. That's our duty.
More on Egypt from Index on Censorship

Freedom House: The events in Egypt are an inspiration to all people struggling to be free and it is through the work of courageous journalists and press freedom defenders like yourselves, some of whom have risked personal safety and comfort to cover the demonstrations, that the world has been able to watch the events unfold. Please keep up the great work!
More on Egypt from Freedom House

Pacific Islands News Association: Pacific colleagues are standing with local Egyptian journalists and media organisations. We are thinking and praying for your safety. - Matai Akauola, Manager

Hong Kong Journalists Association: We condemn the violence against journalists covering anti-government protests in Egypt. We support and stand with our colleagues in Egypt.

Free Media Movement: The rising sun cannot be covered by a blade of grass. Truth cannot be suppressed in the name of humanity . . . Dear comrades we are with you!

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Australia: We stand beside our colleagues in the Egyptian news media who want so desperately to be allowed to report these important events without the fear of reprisals from their government. - Chris Warren, Federal Secretary


Asociación Nacional de la Prensa-Bolivia: Colegas periodistas de Egipto: La lucha de ustedes por la libertad de expresión y de prensa, que es la base fundamental de la democracia, es también nuestra lucha. Defendamos juntos y desde todos los confines del mundo este derecho fundamental. Reciban toda nuestra solidaridad.


Human Right Network for Journalists-Uganda: Journalists must be allowed to exercise their critical role. The Egyptian government should stop the arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists and activists. Peace be with you!


Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility: We pray for the triumph of People Power and the continuing struggle for freedom in Egypt. Do not lose heart. The world is watching.


Thai Journalists Association: Thai journalists fully support the free spirit of our Egyptian friends and also wish that you all will be safe. We hope that all of you will continue to bring up the truth on what has been happening in Egypt to the world.


International Publishers Association: The battle for change in Egypt has not yet been won. International publishers stand in solidarity with the Egyptian publishers, writers, and journalists in their quest for freedom of expression and freedom to publish.


Cartoonists Rights Network International: Cartoonists Rights Network International salutes the brave journalists and cartoonists in Egypt. We have seen a remarkable number of cartoons being produced all over the world, but especially from the region . . . The dictators and tyrants in the MENA region are put on notice that all the guns and troops in their arsenals, all the torture chambers in their dungeons, can't turn lies into truths. - Robert Russell, Director


PEN Canada: PEN Canada strongly condemns the violence used against peaceful pro-democracy protestors, journalists and independent media who have recently come under attack in Egypt; we call on the Egyptian authorities to release anyone detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to free expression, and to guarantee the safety of those seeking to report on the protests.


Canadian Journalists For Free Expression: To the staff and members of ANHRI, CIHRS and EOHR
CJFE has been deeply concerned by the organized attacks and violence against the media in Egypt designed to cut Egyptians off from information vital to them during this time of conflict; knowing how incredibly difficult and dangerous this situation is for you we want to assure you that your colleagues in Canada stand with you in spirit and are ready to help in any way that we can.
More on Egypt from CJFE

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