On its official Facebook page the cartoonist's page issued a statement announcing it would no longer publish its page following Islam's arrest.
The statement read Islam Gawish's Waraqa paper will end all publications since he has been arrested by police forces and accused of spreading anti-regime cartoons. His friend Mohamed Alzayat confirmed that investigative authorities stormed the Egyptian IT network Company in Nasr City and arrested Islam. He added that 2 police officials confiscated computers including Islam's personal one and transferred him to the Nasr City First Precinct Police Station.
Security sources confirmed the arrest of the young artist stating he was arrested in accordance to law with an arrest warrant. They added that the social media cartoonist was arrested for running his own website without the authorization of the Ministry of Telecommunications in a violation to Article 10 of the communications law in addition to possession of pirated copies of software violating law 82/2002. Islam was brought before prosecution.
During recent months security forces have stormed several media production institutions including Masr Al-Arabiya and Aljazeera office in Cairo. Anadolu Agency office was also stormed and its office was later shut down in addition to other media agencies.
Furthermore Egyptian authorities closed down the Araby el Gedeed website on the grounds it was threatening national stability arresting tens of journalists in its wake. Hesham Gaafar Director of Mada Media was arrested on October 21st, 2015 as employees were held inside the office and prevented from leaving the premises. Hossam Alsayed former editor of Islamonline was also arrested. Gaafar was later taken to his house for searching and its contents were destroyed. His son was beaten and Gaafar was moved to the Aqrab Prison where he remains held without evidence pending investigation in case number 720/2015.
The measures are a flagrant violation to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which reads everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
HRM condemns the arrest of Islam stressing it is an effort by authorities in Egypt to gag mouths and silence expression. Furthermore it is a clear violation to international agreements.
HRM calls on the state to respect covenants and human rights agreements and to end its policy of silencing civilians and to immediately release Islam and all journalists, and bloggers and opinionated detained and to compensate them for the violations committed against them.