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Three journalists sentenced to five years, two others acquitted

first_img May 11, 2017 Three journalists sentenced to five years, two others acquitted RSF calls for release of six journalists sentenced to life imprisonment EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further RSF_en News News The court was retrying the so-called “Rabaa operations room” case, in which there were almost 50 defendants.The journalists who received the five-year jail terms are Samhi Mostafa and Abdullah Fakharany of the opposition website Rassd and Amgad TV presenter Mohamed Adly. They were sentenced to life imprisonment (the equivalent to 25 years) at the original trial in April 2015, as were the three journalists who have now been acquitted. There has been no official explanation as to why some have been acquitted and others sentenced this time. “We condemn the presence of journalists in this political mass trial and we call on the justice system to quash the conviction of the three who were sentenced and to release all journalists who are unjustly detained in Egypt,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. The acquitted journalists included Hani Salah Al-Deen, the former news editor of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated TV channel Misr 25 (which the authorities closed in July 2013), and Mossab Al Barbary, the head of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV channel Ahrar 25. They were all charged with disseminating false news, inciting violence and chaos, and being part of an “operations room” aimed at orchestrating attacks against the government during demonstrations in Cairo’s Rabaa Adawiya Square in August 2013 in support of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Those convicted are allowed to appeal. The defendants included other journalists and media professionals but RSF was not able to establish that they were arrested in connection with their media work. Ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Egypt is one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists. Follow the news on Egyptcenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of all journalists who are unjustly detained in Egypt after a court sentenced three journalists to five years in prison on 8 May and acquitted two others. Egypt/Journalists Protesting – KHALED DESOUKI / AFP EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation September 30, 2015 Find out morelast_img read more

A journalist conditionally freed

first_img Follow the news on Sudan News News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Organisation Edward Ladu Terso, of the daily Khartoum Monitor, who was arrested on 11March, was conditionally freed on 29 March. He said he had not been badlytreated but had been threatened by state security officials, who said hewould be rearrested if he criticised the government again.________________________________________________________________18 March 2003Journalist detained by state security police for a weekReporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Khartoum Monitor journalist Edward Ladu Terso, who has been detained without explanation by state security police since 11 March.”He appears to have been simply doing his job,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The authorities have not accused him of any offence. We deplore the security service’s relentless pursuit of the paper, an issue of which was recently seized..”State security officials told the newspaper on 15 March that Terso, who writes a column called “I just cannot understand it,” had been sent to Kober prison. The next day, the prosecutor-general’s office said the political section of the state security service was holding him. The paper said Terso, who has worked for Khartoum Monitor since 2000, had no political affiliation.The authorities seized copies of the paper at the printers on 9 March and later that day publisher Nhial Bol and Terso were summoned for questioning by state security police. The next day, they said the issue had been seized because of an article by Terso that said the history of Islam in Sudan had not always been peaceful. April 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removalcenter_img SudanAfrica RSF_en April 10, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa to go further SudanAfrica March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist conditionally freed March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more