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Egyptian investigative reporter Hossam Bahgat summoned by Military prosecution

Bahgat has written a number of investigative reports for Mada Masr, including an expose involving military officers

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Nov 2015
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Investigative reporter, human rights activist and Mada Masr contributor Hossam Bahgat was referred to Egypt's military prosecution.

The renowned human rights activist and investigator reporter was investigated by the Egyptian Military Intelligence after being summoned, according to Mada Masr.

"As per a phone call from Bahgat, he is accused, moved to military prosecution, awaiting investigator," said Mada Masr founder and editor-in-chief Lina Attallah.

According to Attallah, Bahgat is facing charges of "publishing false and inaccurate information that harms national security."

The investigative journalist became a contributor for Mada Masr in 2014, writing prominent stories like "The Arab Sharkas Cell: The quasi-covert trial of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis," "The Mubarak Mansions," and "Who Let the Jihadis Out?"

Bahgat founded the human rights organisation the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in 2002 and remained its executive director until 2013.

In August 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement saying, "Human Rights Watch honours Hossam Bahgat for upholding the personal freedoms of all Egyptians," on the occasion of his winning HRW'S Alison Des Forges Award.

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08-11-2015 06:06pm
Didn’t he get the memo?
A memo was published by the Egyptian Government stating that “no journalist would be jailed for doing his job of publishing”. Clearly Mr. Bahgat didn’t do his job of just “publishing” and went out of his way to conduct investigative reporting, fact-finding, and real journalism. It is rather strange that a well-educated journalist failed to understand the difference between “publishing” and “journalism”! Equally important, he didn’t follow President Sisi’s assertion at a CNN interview in NY stating that “I do not want to exaggerate, but we have unprecedented freedom of expression in Egypt”. Perhaps Mr. Bahgat also failed to remind the military intelligence agency of President Sisi’s commitment. All in all; Mr. Bahgat has himself to blame for performing the forbidden art of real journalism in a free country like Egypt!
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