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No journalists behind bars in Egypt for doing their job: Foreign minister

Sameh Shoukry says all journalists behind bars in Egypt are implicated in 'terrorist' activities or have broken the law

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Aug 2015
Journalists and activists protest against the restriction of press freedom and demand the release of detained journalists in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo June 10, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that no journalists are in prison in Egypt for crimes related to freedom of expression or their work.

"None of the journalists… are in prison or facing a judicial process related to their professional journalism – but are accused of implication with terrorist activity or contravening stipulated legal norms that has necessitated that these accusations are made," Shoukry said during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo on Sunday.

He added that such journalists are "afforded all forms of defence to deal with these accusations."

Kerry commented that the US has been "crystal clear" about its beliefs with regards to human rights and the right to speech, but noted that Egypt is going through a "fragile and challenging" situation.

"[Shoukry] has often pointed out to me evidence in certain cases where it’s a very difficult choice for Egypt because there is evidence of engagement in violence by certain people and certain leaders – obviously not everybody, not a whole group, and they understand that," he said.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said a prison census on 1 June showed that at least 18 Egyptian journalists were imprisoned — the highest number since it began recording data in 1990.

"The threat of imprisonment in Egypt is part of an atmosphere in which authorities pressure media outlets to censor critical voices and issue gag orders on sensitive topics," the CPJ said in a statement on 25 June.

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04-08-2015 02:51am
What is the JOB?
There is a clear disconnect between how the Government defines the “Job description” of a journalist in Egypt and what it is in reality. The REAL job of a journalist is to investigate the matter, search for facts, interviews sources, analyze the evidences, and report the truth. How the Government sees (or wants to see) that JOB as: ignore the matter, learn the government position, interview government spokespersons, brush the evidences under the rug, and report the government line. Mr. Shoukry is absolutely correct; no “journalists” are behind bar doing their Job, based on the Government definition of the JOB!
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03-08-2015 05:49pm
Really ?
Is this guy so stupid or does he think world is stupid ?
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