CAIRO: Six male journalists and nine female journalists announced the beginning of a hunger strike on Saturday, as they plan to stay inside the Press Syndicate until Monday, where their announcement conference was held, according to a statement released Saturday.
The Freedom for the Brave Movement supporting detainees published a copy of the statement titled “Journalists Against the Protest Law” in which it announced a full hunger strike ahead of the next trial session of the Shura Council case, scheduled to take place on Sept. 15. In the case, Alaa Abdel Fatah and 24 others are accused of violating the 2013 Protest Law in November 2013.
“The next step will seek escalation against the Protest Law, which could possibly include an extension of the hunger strike or the joining of new members,” read the statement, as the group called on other journalists’ participation and launched a campaign in journalistic institutions to collect the highest number of signatures on a petition demanding the annulment of the law.
Their campaign follows in the footsteps of several leading political activists and parties, including strikes taken by April 6 Youth Movement and the Popular Current political party, human rights groups like Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims and new movements like “Gebna Akherna” (We’ve Had Enough).
On Friday, seven new political parties joined the campaign of “The Empty Stomach Battle” against the Protest Law.