A sharp increase in violation of freedom of opinion and expression has been revealed by the Elhak Center for Democracy and Human Rights. According to the center’s media support unit, the third quarter of 2013 witnessed an increase of 100 percent.
The report added that the rates of violations of freedom of opinion and expression increased during the tenure of Mohamed Morsi in comparison with the reign of the military council, as headed by Hussein Tantawi, and the reign of the former regime before the revolution of January 25, 2011.
In its report on freedom of opinion and expression covering the period of June 1 to Aug. 30 2013, Elhak Center reported the death of 5 journalists. In comparison, Elhak Center did not record any case of journalists being killed during the period of Jan. 1 to May 30 2013.
The report confirmed that August 2013 witnessed the highest rates of violations against journalists in Egypt’s history, standing at 75 percent. In comparison, the report recorded the rate of violations in June and July at 11 and 15 percent respectively.
While the right of journalists to physical safety has declined by 40 percent, the rate of attacks on journalists has increased from 17 cases during the period of Jan. 1 to May 30, 2013, to 63 cases of attack in the period of June 1 to Aug. 30, 2013.
The center also pointed out in its report that the period of June 1 to Aug. 30, 2013 witnessed the occurrence of 107 violations against journalists, which is a very large rate compared with any other stage experienced by Egypt in the past.