6 February 2013

Egypt: The Ministry of Interior Laxes in Protecting the Citizens and Drags Him to Protect the Regime ANHRI Denounces the Assault On the Editor in 'Masryoon' and Calls On Immediate Investigation and Arrest the Criminals

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, denounces today the assault on "Mohamed El-Meshtawi", editor in Masryoon newspaper, on last Monday, as he was phyiscally attacked on a group of unknown armed men by bladed weapons.

El-Meshtawi after he was out of Demardash Metro Station, when 5 persons stopped and beat him using bladed weapons which resulted in wounds in his two hands, then they took his personal belongings and after that the passers took him to the hospital where he is under surgery.

ANHRI is extremely disturbed to the persistent of the secularity politics of the interior ministry as the time of the thug "Habib El-Adly", as the time when thousands of soldiers of the central security assaulted the peaceful demonstrations in addition to dragging and stripping citizens due to their political activity, it is followed by the fact of "El-Meshtawi" to expose the failure of the ministry of interior to protect the citizens and preserve their safety while it is a security arm to the authorities only.

ANHRI said "we don't know the reasons that pushed such criminals to assault the journalist and fear that the reasons behind the attack is his opinions and work, but in whatever was the circumstances, the authorities are responsible for the spread of the violence in the society due to the lax in protecting the citizens and holds the involved persons in previous political violence into accountable".

ANHRI said that "the Attorney General must order to immediately conduct a transparent investigation and order the security bodies to arrest the involved persons as soon as possible. In addition to reveal if they had any motivations related to his work as a journalist and they have to punish the involved persons in such violent acts".

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