Egypt arrests 3 journalists conducting street interviews

2016-10-01 15:11


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Cairo - Egyptian police detained three journalists who were conducting street interviews in downtown Cairo about President Abde Fattah al-Sisi's request for small donations of spare change to fund development programs, security officials said Saturday.

They said the three — Hamdy Mokhtar, Mohammed Hassan, and Osama al-Bishbishi — were arrested on September 26 and face charges of publishing false news and belonging to a banned organisation, Egyptian parlance for the Muslim Brotherhood group.

A fourth journalist, Noura Nasser, was arrested on September 27 as she interviewed Egyptians with postgraduate degrees protesting outside the Cabinet's office to demand jobs. Nasser, who was released two days later, reports for an opposition news website. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said Nasser faced charges of publishing false news.

The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Little tolerance 

Sisi said last week he would like to see a mechanism set up that would allow Egyptians to donate fractions of checks they cash at banks, arguing that this could amount to millions of pounds. It was the latest in a series of unconventional suggestions to restore the economy, and was ridiculed by many on social media.

In a statement issued Friday, the CPJ called on the Egyptian government to immediately drop all charges against the four reporters.

"The delusion that jailing journalists on charges of reporting 'false news' for interviewing people on the street or photographing a protest will change reality is a false hope," said Joel Simon, the group's executive director.

Authorities have cracked down on dissent since the 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president. The police have shown little tolerance for filming or interviewing people in public, unless it is done at government-sanctioned events or by pro-government media outlets.

CPJ says 23 journalists were imprisoned in Egypt in 2015, making it the second worst jailer of journalists, after China. The government denies jailing anyone because of their reporting.

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