Egyptian journalists to be questioned by military for denouncing the torture of activists
Blogger and Ahram Online colleague Hossam El-Hamalawy and TV presenter Reem Maged are to be questioned by the military prosecution for criticising Egypt's ruling military on air; protests are expected
Salma Shukrallah, Monday 30 May 2011
Hossam El-Hamalawy and Reem Maged
Blogger and Ahram Online journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy and TV host Reem Maged were given a summons on Monday to appear before military prosecution after Maged screened on her show on Thursday Hamalawy criticising the role of military police, holding the head of the military police responsible for torturing activists.
The questioning will start tomorrow at 11am, and there has already been a call for demonstrations in front of the military prosecutor's building.
Journalist Nabil Sharaf El-Din was also summoned on the same day after he criticised on OnTV Friday the way the military was handling the transition period.
Sharaf El-Din claims that the military’s approach makes many suspect that there is a transfer-of-power deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The same programme aired a very critical phone call with Mamdouh Shahin, member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), who attacked both OnTV and Sharaf El-Din.
The SCAF has criticised what it calls “irresponsible media,” arguing that it is creating a national split between the military and the people. The SCAF has decided to hold a forum 5 June to discuss the Egyptian media with the country's various political forces.