Arrest of Egyptian Journalist Stirs Outrage Worldwide

The arrest of Hossam Bahgat, one of Egypt’s leading investigative journalists, by Egyptian military intelligence on Sunday has prompted worldwide outragee. Military prosecutors ordered his detention on charges of "spreading false information." "The Egyptian military has already indicated its contempt for the role of an independent media," said the Committee to Protect Journalists' Sherif Mansour. "This latest detention is a clear attempt to stifle reporting." 

Source: New York Times, Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste Writes from Cairo Cell

After a year in a Cairo prison, Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, an Australian, sent an end-of-year letter to supporters: "We have galvanised an incredible coalition of political, diplomatic and media figures, as well as a vast army of social media supporters to fight for that most basic of rights: the right to know... Never has cleared-eyed, critical, sceptical journalism been more necessary."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Egypt Sentences ICFJ Employees to Jail

An Egyptian court sentenced 43 NGO workers to jail--including five employees of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)--convicting them of illegally operating in Egypt. Three of ICFJ's U.S.-based workers--Vice President Patrick Butler and consultants Michelle Betz and Natasha Tynes--received five-year sentences in absentia. “ICFJ condemns this outrageous verdict in the strongest possible terms,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.

Source: International Center for Journalists

Posted on: June 4, 2013