4 February 2011

Egypt: Transparency International Condemns Attacks on Journalists, Civil Society and Citizens

press release

Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption organisation, condemns the attacks on journalists, civil society and peaceful protestors in Egypt and calls on the government to stop the violence and release all those arrested.

Reports from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists show that 30 journalists and their support staff from both Egyptian and international news organisations have been detained, attacked or had their equipment confiscated in the past 48 hours.

In addition, there are reports that a number of civil society activists have been arrested following a raid on the Hisham Mubarak Centre for Human Rights, the, Egyptian Centre for Political and Social Rights and the Egyptian Centre for Housing Rights.

With the death toll rising and the number of injured mounting, TI calls on the government of Egypt to protect all citizens who are exercising their basic human rights to free expression, and to stop the violence and intimidation.

TI brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI's mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

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