New anti-terrorism law takes Egypt into Orwellian territory

first_imgNews August 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New anti-terrorism law takes Egypt into Orwellian territory Organisation News Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News to go further News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison RSF_en “Is journalism is now a crime?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire asked. “In Egypt clearly yes, because the Sisi regime is using this new ‘anti-terrorism law’ to ban journalists from contradicting its own version of events.”“Egyptians are entering an Orwellian world in which only the government is allowed to say what is happening. Even in countries where freedom of information is highly restricted, laws rarely suppress pluralism so blatantly. Egypt is sinking ever deeper into a terrible despotism that not only wants to control information and detain journalists but also put them under even more pressure than during the Mubarak era.”Published in the government gazette, the new law provides for fines of 200,000 to 500,000 Egyptian pounds (23,000 to 57,000 euros) for anyone disseminating “false” information about bombings or other operations by armed groups. A journalist who, for example, gave a bombing death toll at variance with the government’s, could be convicted of a criminal offence.Ever since Field Marshall Sisi seized power, the authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as grounds for systematically persecuting journalists who do not toe the official line.With at least 15 journalists currently detained just for doing their job, Egypt is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a ban on media reports that conflict with official accounts of armed attacks and operations by Jihadi militants. The ban is part of an anti-terrorism law that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified yesterday in the absence of an elected parliament. Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison stafflast_img read more

Radio station owner murdered near Tripoli

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Libya Organisation February 23, 2021 Find out more News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa December 17, 2019 Find out more RSF_en News December 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station owner murdered near Tripolicenter_img Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of Radwan Gharyani, 44, the owner and manager of radio Tripoli FM , whose body was found yesterday in the east Tripoli suburb of Ghut Roman. He had been shot four times.There is so far no indication as to the identity and motives of those behind Gharyani’s death.“We have no idea who might have committed this crime,” said Rabee Dahan, the station’s co-founder and development director. “Radwan had not received any recent threats and we were not really worried by the threats he had received in the past.”Reporters Without Borders calls on the Libyan authorities to investigate this murder without delay in order to establish the motives and identity of those responsible, who must be brought to justice. Given the current climate of violence against news providers, it is important that the investigators do not rule out the possibility that the murder was linked to the victim’s journalistic work.More than two years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s authoritarian regime, the situation in Libya is still highly charged and unstable, and journalists continue to be exposed to a constant threat of violence in the course of their work.Reporters Without Borders reminds the Libyan government of its national and international obligations as regards respect for fundamental freedoms.A week after the United Nations General Assembly passed its first-ever resolution on the safety of journalists, RWB urges the Libyan authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee the protection of journalists working in Libya and to end the prevailing impunity. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further June 24, 2020 Find out more On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedomlast_img read more