11 November 2012

Egypt: ANHRI Condemns Threating the Egyptian Journalists By Extremists to Silence the Voices, the Egyptian Authorities Are Responsible for Their Protection and Security

press release

Cairo — ANHRI condemns the act conducted by some extremists calling themselves "promotion of the virtue and prevention of vice" regarding sending a threat letter to the female journalist of Al-Ahram "Islam Azam" the wife of the writer "Saaid shoieb", as they threatened her and her husband in an attempt to silence the voices and ban them from writing. In addition to force "Shoieb" to waive the case he brought against the general guide of the Muslims brotherhood Group.

Since days she has received a letter in her business office in Ahram, in which her husband was described as the infidel secular and anti-Islam. The letter asked her to tell her husband to stop attacking Islam in addition to leaving secularism and convert to Islam and to defend the legislation of the God. Moreover, to waive the case brought against the general guide of the Muslim brotherhood group.

The letter also told her to wear the religious costume and to stop working as a writer. In addition to not be among men and work only to raise her children. The letter ended with a threating line "we have a lot to do in case of not obliged to the previous points".

ANHRI said that "the authorities have to bear the responsibility of protecting the writer and his wife. The authorities are responsible for any breach to their security and have to find the responsible and to take the legal procedures against them. The authorities should stop disregarding such terroristic acts which aim to establish anti-freedom country that intervene the personal life of the citizens and use violence against them to confiscate their freedom guaranteed by the constitution and the law".

ANHRI expresses its resentment from the attempt to press the writer in order to waive the lawsuit which he brought against the general guide of the Muslims brotherhood group. It assures that the right to litigate is a fundamental right to every citizen guaranteed by the constitution, law and the international charters. No one may have the right to confiscate or punish any person due to practicing it.

ANHRI calls the investigations bodies to act promptly regarding the report filed by the writer in addition to not to give the chance to such dark powers to grow without having an end to such practices which violate the law and the constitution.

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