Sunday is World Press Freedom Day and a world human rights group has marked the observance by publishing an summary of Egypt’s assault on journalists and different media employees.
Amnesty Worldwide mentioned in its report that “This clampdown on media not solely violates journalists’ proper to freedom of expression, but additionally most of the people’s entry to impartial data . . . Guaranteeing freedom of expression and entry to dependable data is much more vital throughout the COVID-19 well being emergency, to be able to construct public belief and combat misinformation.”
Amnesty mentioned Egyptian safety forces arrested a journalist in March as a result of he questioned, on his private Fb web page, the nation’s official COVID-19 statistics.
Amnesty mentioned the journalist was held for practically a month at an undisclosed location with none contact with the skin world. Afterwards, he confronted fees of “spreading false information’ and “becoming a member of a terrorist group.”
Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Center East and North Africa analysis and advocacy director mentioned, “Since 2016, the authorities in Egypt have subjected dozens of journalists and different media employees to a listing of violations only for doing their jobs or expressing their views.”
Egyptian official had no instant response to the report.
— to www.voanews.com