CAIRO: The Egyptian Initiative to Defend Journalists (EIDF) condemned the repeated violations of journalists’ rights in a press statement issued Sunday.
“Journalists are suffering from two issues. They are being assaulted either by security forces or by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood,” explained journalist Hazem al-Malah, the coordinator of EIDF.
The initiative demanded the application of law regarding the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights to access information as per the new constitution.
In the press statement, the EIDF also recalled the violence used by security forces against journalists during the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, particularly the injury of photographers Mohamed Fawzy and Hossam Bakir who were shot by police forces.
On that day, 19 journalists were arrested and many journalists faced violence in the streets, according to Press Syndicate member Abeer al-Saady.
The call to end violence against journalists in Egypt has been supported by several local and international human rights organizations who have severely criticized the crackdown on journalists, such as the Egyptian Free Press Committee, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Amnesty International.
Earlier in February a trial was held for four journalists working for Al-Jazeera English accused by state authorities of cooperating with terrorist groups through the broadcasting of fabricated news that distorted the image of the Egyptian military.
Originally published in Youm7.