7 November 2013

Egypt: ANHRI Denounces the Detention of Journalist "Ahmed El-Swefi" in an Unknown Place

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, expressed its annoyance concerning the ongoing attacks on media freedoms by the Egyptian authorities, particularly after arresting Ahmed El-Swefi, a journalist of Al-Ahram newspaper and head of Cairo office of the Iranian channel "Al-Alam", without clear reasons.

Security forces of the National Security as well as the different security bodies stormed the house of journalist Ahmed El-Swefi in Mohandesin on Thursday. The forces had inspected the house and arrested the journalist in addition to detaining him in an unknown place without mentioning any reasons.

ANHRI deprecated the detention of the journalist for more than 12 hours by the Egyptian police without remitting him to the General Prosecution or facing him with any charges.

This incident isn't the first of its kind, as journalists are being targeted constantly against the backdrop of their work. Last July, El-Swefi was arrested and convicted of managing an unlicensed channel at the purpose of providing the media services to the Iranian channel of "Al-Alam" and the broadcast services to other channels. The Prosecution decided to release him on bail.

ANHRI said that, "The era of the killer minister of interior, Habib Al-Adli, returns, as the security solutions inherited from Mubarak's police state waste the law and human rights. The fact of arresting journalist Ahmed El-Swefi at midnight came few days after torturing MBC Masr correspondent in Al-Minya. This refers to the significance of restructuring the ministry of interior and dismissing Gen. Mohamed Ibrahim. ANHRI calls upon the Egyptian authorities to reveal the fate of journalist Ahmed El-Swefi and announce the place of his detention in addition to the charges against him.

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