CAIRO: Head of Journalists Syndicate Diaa Rashwan denied in statements Tuesday reports that he had threatened to jail journalists who are working without the syndicate’s official membership, Youm7 reported.
“Young journalists, who are working in newspapers and news websites without being members in the syndicate, might be jailed for one year, according to the labor law”, Rashwan said in a video that has recently gone viral in social media.
The video showed Rashwan speaking at a human rights conference held in Alexandria Library Sunday.
In his Tuesday statement, Rashwan assured that he was misquoted and the video was edited with pieces selected together and that the quotations were inaccurate and were reported out of context.
He added that he was discussing a crucial problem of hundreds of journalists who have been suffering due to illegal measures that have been implemented since the regime of Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
“I said that those journalists have to take an action first against their organizations in order to be supported by the syndicate.” Rashwan was quoted as saying by Al-Shorouq Monday.
He added that he will submit a statement to the Syndicate Council demanding to take all the legal measures against the journalist who deliberately misquoted him in the video.
“The law obligates all the journalists to apply for the membership of the syndicate in order to be considered as journalists by the law, otherwise, the law states that they should be arrested and jailed for a year for charges of impersonating a journalist.” Rashawn said in the video.
Many journalists were arrested during the clashes that erupted in Egypt since the January 25 revolution. However, many of them were jailed for not being members of the syndicate.