21 November 2012

Egypt: Unknowns Firebomb Al-Jazeera Office

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces firebombing one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera in the third day of violence in central Cairo, November 21, 2012. The unidentified individuals attacked the studio overlooking Tahrir Square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs early Wednesday, leaving it gutted by fire hours later.

EOHR calls for opening an immediate investigation on the incident and taking the real perpetrators to accountability. The investigation outcomes should be accessible for the public. Media corporations and specialists' Protection safeguards should be guaranteed by the Egyptian government.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that media plays such an important role in achieving the good ruling and democratic transformation. Attacking media corporations cannot be accepted; suitable climate must exist to enable these respected corporations to achieve its honored missions regarding providing access to information, showing different points of view and spreading awareness of people's rights and duties.

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