15 January 2013

Egypt: ANHRI Denounces the Investigation Conducted With the Media-Professional 'Intisar El-Gharib' Due to Statements Made By One of Her Guests

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounces the persistence bias of the media-outlets owned by the state to the authorities and censoring the opinions of the media-professionals and their guests after the decision issued by Omar Abdulkhalek, the head of the network for youth and sports on radio, by suspending "El-Gharib" from work and refer her to investigation due to an episode of a program "the place of birth of Egypt".

The host, who is the human rights activist "Mohamed Essam", had expressed his regret, during the show, in participating in the revolution after he saw the fascism of the current regime. He commented on the events of Ithadiya by saying "Egyptians replaced the dictatorship by fascism", which angered the administration of the radio of the youth and sport, so its head decided to suspend the media-professional from work and refer her to investigation.

It should be noted that this is not the first time to silence the voices of media-professionals and journalists, in the state-owned media, due to their criticizing opinions. The same thing happened with the "Hala Fahmy" anchor of conscience program, "Bosina Kamel" who tells the news in the Egyptian TV. The administrations of national newspapers have banned articles to various writers due to their criticism to the Muslims Brother Hood Group (MB) or the current authorities, among them Abelah El-Rowini, the writer Ahmed Taha El-Naqer, Ahmed Mousa and others.

ANHRI said that "censoring the opinions of the media-professionals and the editing policies of the programs became the first mission of the administrations of the state-owned media-outlets, which made it continues as a speaker of the ruling authority and aiming to achieve the authorities interests, even if it was on the rights of the citizens to know and to see the different opinions which include which is against the authorities".

ANHRI added that "there is no other alternative to solve this problem but to draft a legislation that aims to transform the ownership and administration pattern in the official media-outlets, to make the executive authority have no intervention in selecting who head it in addition to correcting the path of editing policies in order to achieve the public service and to be administrated by a independent national council for media".

ANHRI calls on the administration of youth and sports radio to rescind its arbitrary decision of suspending the media-professional "El-Gharib" and referring her to investigation. In addition to stop punishing the media-professionals because of their guests' opinions.

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