Ikshef Report on Violations Against Media Freedom in Egypt in August 2017

Ikshef Report on Violations Against Media Freedom in Egypt in August 2017


53 violations, most notably detention, seizures and inclusion of six journalists in terror lists

London – Issued September 10, 2017
August, 2017 has witnessed the continuation of violations against journalists, amounting to 53 cases, but what characterized the month is the announcement of the names of 6 new journalists in the list of terrorist entities published in the Official Gazette on 30 August.

Also, assets of several press platforms were seized, including Masr Al-Arabia and Cairo Portal websites, a well as Alef library series. The same step had been done to Al-Borsa and Daily News Egypt newspapers, with the continued blocking of sites, which amounted to 405 sites in August.

On the other hand, August has witnessed the release of 4 journalists; Mohammed Al-Al-Batawi of Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper, Ahmed Mansi and Mahmoud Abdul-Latif of the Mubasher Misr website and Moraselon, as well as Abdul-Rahman Ali, a freelance photographer, among other defendants in a case known as the “Media Committee”.

August witnessed 5 cases of imprisonment, detention and enforced disappearance. The list included journalist Abdullah Rashad in Albawaba newspaper, who was detained and is still being forcibly disappeared. In addition, Hani Salahuddin, managing editor of Youm7 website, Mohammed Ibrahim of Al-Hayat Misr satellite channel, Both Alaa Asran and Khaled Al-Asmar trainee journalists at the Fekrapost.net website before releasing them while still on trial for using camera without permission.

5 Prison violations were recorded in August Most notably against Hisham Jaafar, editor of MADA Misr, where the prison administration prevented him from medical treatment despite risking blindness and kidney failure, as well as Khaled Sahloub, whose health deteriorated much due to his hunger strike, as the prison administration refuse to let him be treated on his own expenses. This is addition to Badr Mohammed Badr former, editor of Al-Osra Al-Arabia, who lost weight severely and was barred from having medicine as he suffers from a number of diseases. There is also Mahmoud Abdul-Nabi, who suffers from tooth decay and osteoporosis due to banning him from doing exercises, and depriving him of sunlight. This is beside threatening journalist Osama Al-Beshbishi of moving him to a faraway prison to force him to stop his hunger strike, which completed two months.

In August, 23 cases of complaints and trials were recorded, including 16 cases of violation of the continuous renewal and imprisonment of journalists, and the emergence of a new list of terrorist entities, including 6 media professionals. The most notable cases of renewal of imprisonment were of Badr Mohammed Badr, Hisham Jafar, Mahmoud Shawkan, Hasan Al-Qabbani, Ahmad Zahran, Sabri Anwar, Ismail Al-Iskandarani and Mahmoud Mostafa.

August also witnessed the summoning of a number of journalists to be investigated for complaints against them, as was the case with Amr Badr, board member of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate, and the brothers Gamal and Mahmoud Sultan, editors of Al-Mesryoon newspaper. They were released while a case for publishing of false news involving them in ongoing.

There were 5 coverage bans in August, most notably Egypt’s Human Rights Council preventing journalists from attending one of its seminars, in addition to the Ministry of Antiquities and a number of courts and other institutions that prevented coverage.

5 physical attacks were recorded during August, most notably a female journalist faced attack attempts while covering a deadly Alexandria train crash. 5 journalists were attacked in the Bar Association, and the families of the defendants involved in a human trafficking case clashed with journalists while covering the trial.

August also has witnessed 14 publication bans, blocking sites, seizing properties of some of them and stopping programs, bringing the number of blocked sites in Egypt to 405 by the end of August.

Assets of a number of websites were seized, including the Masr Al-Arabia and Cairo Portal websites and Al-Borsa newspaper earlier.

August witnessed three layoffs, one of them included 100 people, the second 2 people and the third 1 person.

Updated list of detained journalists in Egypt till August 31, 2017:
. Ibrahim Al-Dadrawi (Al-Qawmiya for distribution)
. Ibrahim Suleiman (5thTV channel – state TV).
Ibrahim Samir (Freelance correspondent)
. Ibrahim Talha (Stringer for satellite TV channels). Ibrahim Abdul-Nabi Awwad (Rassd network)
. Ahmed Abdul-Monem Zahran (Al-Mukhtar Al-Islami magazine)
. Ahmed Maher Ali (Freelance correspondent). Ahmed Nasser (Freelance journalist)
. Ahmed Hamouda Al-Sakhawi (Tahya Misr newspaper)
. Ahmed Khamis Anwar Abdul-Qawi (Stringer for satellite TV channels
. Ahmed Khamis Mahmoud Kheder (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Al-Najjar (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Ahmed Lashin (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Ahmed Muharram Abdul-Salam (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Osama Hashem Mohammed Hashem (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Osama Al-Beshbeshi (Baladi website)
. Osama Ezzuddin (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Islam Al-Banna (Freelance correspondent)
. Islam Gomaa (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Ismail Al-Iskandrani (Freelance journalist)
. Badr Mohammed Badr (Al-Osra Al-Arabiya)
. Bakri Abdul-Aal (Al-Raya newspaper)
. Belal Abdullah Ahmad Abdul-Rahim (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Jamal Al-Alem (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Hassan Al-Qabbani (Al-Karama newspaper)
. Hussein Abdul-Halim of Al-Dostor)
. Hamdi Mokhtar Al-Zaaem (Al-Hayat)
. Khaled Said, writer and poet
. Khaled Mohammed Abdul-Rahman (Freelance correspondent, Aljazeera)
. Khaled Hamdi (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Khaled Hamza (Managing editor of IkhwanWeb)
. Khaled Abdul-Rauf Sahlob (Rassd network)
. Khaled Abdul-Aziz (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Reem Qotb Jabarah Basiyuni, (Independent film director)
. Sara Mahanna (Yanairgate.net)
. Sameh Mohammed Ahmed Bakri (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Samhi Mostafa (Rassd network)
. Said Abu Haj (Sinai Media Center)
. Sayed Musa (Amjad TV channel)
. Shadi Abdul-Hamid (Freelance correspondent)
. Sabri Anwar (Elbadil newspaper)
. Suhaib Saad Al-Haddad (Freelance correspondent, Aljazeera)
. Abdullah Rashad (albawabhnews.com)
. Abdul-Rahman Hassan Abdul-Hafiz (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Abdul-Rahman Shahin (Freedom and justice newspaper – Aljazeera TV channel)
. Abdullah Al-Fakharani (Rassd network)
. Abdullah Jamal Moftah (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Abdullah Shousha (Amjad TV channel)
. Emad Abu Zaid (Al-Ahram)
. Ammar Samir Abdul-Ghani Ahmad (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Ammar Abdul Majid (Al-Hadath website)
. Omar Khedr (Rassd network)
. Omar Adel (Zoom News website)
. Omar Abdul-Maksoud (Masralarabia.com)
. Omar Mabrouk (Freelance journalist)
. Omar Mohamed Mabrouk Al-Sawi (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Amr Al-Khafif (Former director of broadcast engineering in ERTU)
. Hisham Jaafar (MADA)
. Karim Mostafa Al-Sayed (Al-Shabab TV channel)
. Magdi Ahmed Hussein (Editor of Al-Shaab Al-Jadeed)
. Mohsen Radi (Al-Daawa)
. Mohammed Abossoul (Akhbar Al-Youm)
. Mohammed Ibrahim Sharaf (Al-Hayat Misr TV channel)
. Mohammed Al-Shaer, of Mubasher website
. Mohammed Hassan (Al-Nabaa Al-Watani)
. Mohamed Salah Sowaidan (Freelance photographer)
. Mohammed Salah Sharara, Qatari Al-Watan
. Mohammed Farag, freelance journalist
. Mohammed Maamoun Abu Shousha (Ahrar 25 TV channel)
. Mohammed Mostafa Abdul-Nasser Abdul-Qadir (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Mohammed Ibrahim Shukri (Al-Omma TV channel)
. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Shehata (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Mohammed Al-jenidi (Freelance journalist)
. Mohammed Al-Saeed Al-Dashti (Al-Mashhad newspaper)
. Mohammad Al-Adli (Amjad TV channel)
. Mohamed Hossamuddin Abdul-Halim Al-Kafrawi (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Mohammed Salah Madani (Misr 25 TV channel)
. Mohammed Ezzat (Ikhwan Online)
. Mahmoud Jamal Ali Othman (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Mahmoud Hussain, Al-Jazeera news network
. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, (aka Shawkan) (Demotix photo agency)
. Mahmoud Abdul-Nabi Awwad (Rassd network)
. Mahmoud Mostafa Saad (Alnahar newspaper)
. Mahmoud Yahia (Al-Omma TV channel)
. Mohyi Qasem Mohammed Abdul-Jawwad (Stringer for satellite TV channels)
. Moataz Mostafa Shahin (Freedom and Justice newspaper)
. Nabil Al-Ashri, editor of Mubasher website
. Hani Salahuddin (Youm7)
. Wael Al-Heddini (Freelance correspondent)
. Walid Shalabi (Ikhwan Online)
. Yusuf Talat (Al-Sabab TV channel)