Human Rights Monitor condemns the Egyptian authority's suppression against journalists as efforts are made to obstruct the efforts by the press and journalists. It denounces treatment of journalists detained and torture used against them in their places of detention in addition to the harsh sentences served in an effort to gag mouths.
HRM has closely followed such violations including the death penalties and life sentences issued in the Rabaa Operation Room case against 14 journalists. Writer Waleed Abdul Raouf Shalaby has been served the death penalty to intimidate journalists using the harshest sentence against any, who dare express their opinion even through writing,
Other life sentences were served to Abdullah Alfakhrany, Samhy Mustafa Ahmed. Hany Salah el Din, Ahmed Sabee, Hassan Alqabany, Khaled Hamza, Ibrahim Altaher, Magy Abdul Latif, Yusuf Talaat, Mosan Albarbary, Gamal Nassar, Amr Farrag, Mohamed Aladly, and Abdo Disuqy in an effort to pressure journalists to abstain from opposing the regime,
The defendants in this case are facing numerous violations. Ahmed Sabee is currently in solitary confinement and has been stripped of his clothing and denied visiting rights. Yusuf Talaat from the Youth and Health channel has been tortured since the beginning of his detention and has been given little medication and food and remains detained in a tiny cell, ad Hany Salah from the Misr 25 channel has also been denied medication and surgery which he needs in his eye which he may lose.
Mosaad Albarbary from the Misr 25 channel has also faced ill treatment and abuse in detention in unsuitable conditions along with tens of other detainees with little ventilation. Food and medication has been banned from entering. Abdo Disuqy head of a website has been tortured numerous times during his detention in Abdeen Station by police personnel and he was tortured again in Tora Prison and was later sent to solitary confinement for complaining of his torture and ill treatment.
To date 70 journalists remain detained in Egypt's prisons after being arrested while doing their work or after their houses were stormed without warrants. Some have been served harsh sentences and some have been accused of espionage while others remain in detention without charges and indefinitely while others have been referred to inappropriate military tribunals despite being civilians.
Abdul Rahman Shaheen a journalist with the Freedom and Justice paper and the Jazeera channel has been referred to a military court in Suez and has been sentenced to three years for doing his work and publishing news. He was transferred in February from Ataka Prison in Suez to Faisal Station and has been separated from his colleagues and political detainees and put among regular criminals. He has also been tortured and electrocuted simply for performing his job.
For its part HRM urges the Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression and press to interfere and reassure the Egyptian authorities to release journalists detained and to suspend the sentences issued against the journalists. It also calls for an investigation to be opened under international surveillance to end the violations against journalists and those working in the press and calls on the Egyptian authorities to respect freedom of opinion and press within the country.