10 February 2013

Egypt: ANHRI Denounces Assaulting the Staff of 'Egypt 25 Channel' and Holds the Authorities and the Political Forces Responsible for the Protecting Media-Outlets During the Protests

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces today the assault on the staff of "Egypt 25" by unknown people during performing their job and media covering the Friday of dignity in Tahrir square, held them and ban them from continuing the live broadcast from Tahrir and confiscation of their equipments.

The correspondent "Ahmed Abdualeem" was surprised during the media-coverage of the demonstration on last Friday, when unknown person, his voice appears live, demanded from the staff of the channel to show their identities and forced them to shutdown the camera in addition to stop broadcasting, as he said "it is banned fro Egypt 25 channel which belongs to MB to broadcast from Tharir", without having any capacity to do that. Then he and who were with him, held the staff and confiscated their equipments before they give it back to them after paying an amount of "3500 EGP about "650 USD" according to the correspondent of the channel.

ANHRI expressed its severe disturbance to the persistent of involving the media-outlets in the political conflicts that are going on between the various forces and repeating the assaults on the media-professionals and satellite channels during performing their job. As the media-outlets must work freely and independently, in a secure climate, without any control from the opposition or the authorities.

ANHRI said that "the Egyptian revolution believes in and calls on the freedoms, in which the freedom of expression lies in the heart of freedoms, the assault on the staff of the satellite channel for just the disagreeing with the protesters or adopting different situation, isn't acceptable in particularly as the freedom of expression represented in accepting the different views".

ANHRI said that "it isn't the right of a person or a group to take powers for themselves to control or to impose guardianship on the media-outlets and its work. The protesters mustn't face the different view to them by ban and confiscation as words must be faced by word and we don't accept face it by force and violence".

ANHRI holds the authorities and political forces that call for and participate in the demonstrations, responsible for protecting the media-outlets that media-cover the demonstrations. It also warns from the non-combating from this phenomena as the expansion in such acts will impose new control as some groups that aren't pleased by policies of a media-outlets to ban it from performing its job by force.

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