Pakistan Press Foundation protests convictions and sentencing of journalists in Egypt
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over convictions and sentencing of two journalists in separate cases in Egypt.
According to information by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to Interim Prime Minister of Arab Republic of Egypt said, Quote “Youssef Shaaban, editor of the independent news website Al-Bedaiah, was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison along with nine activists on charges of assaulting police officers and attempting to storm a police station. Shaaban and other activists denied assaulting a police officer and said the police officer assaulted them.
In other case, Islam Behery, host of Alkahera Walnas TV station, was sentenced to five years on charges of blasphemy by a court in Cairo on May 30, in connection of his daily show on religious issues, “With Islam Behery.” The TV host told journalists that he was in Egypt, but that he didn’t receive any information about the case and was not given a chance to defend himself.”
PPF condemns sending of journalists to jail and urges the Egyptian government to stop legal harassing journalists.
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