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Egypt's Foreign ministry hits back at EU statements criticising 'crackdown' on journalists

The EU has called on Egyptian authorities to bring laws on freedom of expression and assembly into line with the Egyptian Constitution

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2016
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EU External Action spokesperson Catherine Ray (Photo: Courtesy of the European Commission website)
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Egypt's foreign ministry has hit back at statements made by the spokesperson of the EU External Ection Service, Catherine Ray, which criticised "restrictions" on freedom of press and the jailing of journalists in Egypt.

Spokesperson of the Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Abu Zeid challenged the EU spokesperson to look closely at reports made by the delegation of the EU on the large number of newspapers that are published on a daily basis in Egypt.

On Tuesday, Ray issued a statement slamming the recent indictment of three Journalists' Syndicate leaders and their referral to court.

Ray described the prosecution of the union leaders as "a worrying development that follows the unprecedented raid of Egyptian security forces on the Journalists' Syndicate building earlier this month."

On Tuesday, Egyptian prosecutors charged the chairman of Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate, along with the syndicate's secretary general and undersecretary, with harbouring fugitives and spreading false news in the case of police storming of the union's headquarters on 1 May to arrest two wanted journalists.

The trio were referred to misdeameanour court. The first session in their trial is set for Saturday.

Ray charged that the indictments "reflect broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt."

"We call on the Egyptian authorities to review the charges against those arrested or prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and work to bring the laws regulating assembly and counter-terrorism into line with the Egyptian Constitution," the EU official said.

"I call on the spokesperson to follow [Egyptian] daily TV shows that criticise the performance of the authorities, as well as discussions that take place on social media between different segments of Egyptian society," Abu Zeid said.

"The foreign ministry was surprised that the high representative did not pay similar attention to the humanitarian and living challenges facing the Egyptian citizen," said Abu Zeid.

Abu Zeid said the EU should make efforts to support the Egyptian government in order to provide better services to Egyptian citizens.

The statement continued that this "reflects broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt."

The EU spokesperson also highlighted the recent crackdown on activists and human rights defenders.

"We call on the Egyptian authorities to review the charges against those arrested or prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and work to bring the laws regulating assembly and counter-terrorism into line with the Egyptian Constitution," read the statement.

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Fouad Saleh
03-06-2016 10:44am
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Tortured Logic, well it's logical seeing the Egyptian education system...
"Abu Zeid said the EU should make efforts to support the Egyptian government in order to provide better services to Egyptian citizens." THIS IS SUPPORT. If by "support" you want the EU authorities to cooperate with the Egyptian authorities to promote propaganda and repression in order to "provide better services to Egyptian citizens", then it hurts me to know that people with equally tortured logic still exist in the 21st century...
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Fouad Saleh
03-06-2016 10:36am
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Fix your problems for yourselves...
"Abu Zeid said the EU should make efforts to support the Egyptian government in order to provide better services to Egyptian citizens." Work out your own problems by yourselves. Isn't it enough for you to see others guide you to do what you said you'd do (seeing as it's in your Constitution)? By the way, THIS IS support. Or if by "support" you mean being OK with repression and propaganda, and by that you conclude that this is the way Egypt will provide "better services to Egyptian citizens" then it hurts me to know that people still have tortured logic like yours.
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Truth Ankh Amon
02-06-2016 05:49pm
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EU Membership
Anyone demanded EU Membership ? European Visas ? Catherine is cute but lost. She is confusing Turkey or Russia with Egypt. No one is Charlie in Egypt, call it common sense. Dear Catherine, Take care of your business in your range of action and influence...BRUSSELS. Try helping Julian Assange, geographicaly closer, to prove your goodwill...
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Sam Enslow
02-06-2016 08:10pm
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Visas?
The number of Egyptians seeking visas to the US or EU is staggering. The ever growing number of boat people attempting to get to Italy is well known. Go to Rome's Statione Termine and see young Egyptians selling themselves or drugs to send money back to their families. The must pay the smugglers so cannot stay in reception centers. This is a shame of Egypt.
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Sam Enslow
02-06-2016 04:04pm
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What you are speaks so loud I cannot hear the contrary
People remain jailed for longer than allowed by law, but no judge orders their release. Journalists remain in jail without trial. Of course charges are filed that are not related to their profession, but, in any case, most remain jailed pending investigation while those charged with very serious crimes are allowed free on bail, especially if they are policemen. A man charged with fighting corruption is fired for finding some. Authorities say he reported incorrect figures but never stated the 'correct' figures. Authors and other artists get charged with encouraging debauchery or insulting religion or some such thing. People are charged with inciting protest when there is no such law. Regini's murder remains unsolved. And there is no one stop shop for investors, no clear investment laws. The law means nothing. Many want to work with Egypt to improve its economy, but Egypt by its actions or lack of action stops them, Money will come when Egypt is ready. That is Egypt's choice.
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Nora
02-06-2016 03:34pm
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Missing the point, as usual ...
"The foreign ministry was surprised that the high representative did not pay similar attention to the humanitarian and living challenges facing the Egyptian citizens," said Abu Zeid ... At some point the penny will drop and the Armature Minister will realize that they are standing alone in the middle of the world looking at why Egypt is being isolated from ALL the civilized world. And FYI Mr. Abu Zeid; the living conditions of Egyptians citizens will NOT improve when you jail journalists; which foreign affairs university teaches that? The North Korea school of International Relations!!
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