Egypt's Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan
Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan said the syndicate's council has followed up with deep concern a recent assault on the premises of Sada El-Balad news website.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Rashwan stressed the council's full solidarity with the assaulted journalists, adding that the incident will not go unpunished.
He also emphasised that he will support the assailed journalists through all legal means, noting that the syndicate's lawyer was present during the prosecution investigation.
Rashwan further highlighted to the council's emphasis that press and media institutions must be protected from these types of assaults or disputes, adding that the council will announce the measures it will take regarding the incident.
According to media reports, producer Ahmed El-Sobky accompanied with thugs stormed into the headquarters of Sada El-Balad news website and assaulted its editor-in-chief and journalists. Although the prosecution ordered the release of El-Sobky after paying LE1,000 bail, a previous one-year jail sentence imposed on him prevented his release.
Earlier, Sada El-Balad filed a complaint with the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) against El-Sobky for his non-compliance with the terms of contract between the two parties.
The SCMR under Makram Mohammed Ahmed, condemned the attack on the headquarters of Sada El-Balad. "Attacking journalists is unacceptable, whatever the justifications," the council said in a statement.
The council added that it is following up on the incident, pledging to take deterring measures based on the results of the ongoing public prosecution investigation.