Journalists’ Syndicate to discuss fury with police in Wednesday press conference
Head of Journalists’ Syndicate Yahia al-Qalash

CAIRO: The board of the Journalists’ Syndicate will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in its crisis with the Interior Ministry after its headquarters was raided by police forces earlier in May.

The council has decided to form a committee to set an agenda for the conference, the syndicate said in a Saturday statement.

The syndicate added that the council held a meeting Saturday to follow up on the raid and that there are continuous efforts to solve the problem in a way that “respects journalists’ dignity.”

Fury broke out between journalists and the police, after the latter stormed the syndicate’s headquarters earlier this month to arrest two journalists over accusations of attempting to overthrow the regime.

Before their arrest, Mahmoud el-Sakka and Amr Badr held a sit-in protest at the syndicate headquarters against police raids at their houses. On Saturday the prosecution extended their pretrial detention for 15 days pending investigations into charges that they called for protests on April 25 against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

In reaction to the syndicate raid, thousands of journalists protested demanding the dismissal of the Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, and an official presidential apology for the attack.

The syndicate issued a number of decisions, in which it called upon newspapers to blackout the front pages, use a logo to defend press freedom and run the Interior Minister’s picture in a “negative mode.”

Egypt has been ranked the second worst jailer of journalists in 2015 by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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