Egypt NCHR advocates for freedom of information and addressing journalism challenges: Spokesman

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Sep 2023

Spokesman for the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Ezzat Ibrahim stressed that the Council's annual report highlighted that freedom of information is “a cornerstone for freedom of expression and opinion.”

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File photo of Spokesman for the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Ezzat Ibrahim (R) speaking during a press conference on Sunday, 3 September 2023.

 

In remarks to the Egyptian state news agency (MENA) on Monday, Ibrahim urged the government to focus further on the challenges facing journalism and uphold the Freedom of Information Act.

The Act “will allow citizens to access information and data that help them to develop visions concerning any public issue,” he said following the release of the NCHR report for  2020-2023 on Sunday.

Article 68 of Egypt’s constitution recognizes the citizens’ right to access information, data, statistics, and official documents from their sources.

Ibrahim also highlighted the prevalence of chaos on social media, both in Egypt and globally, stressing the importance of addressing this phenomenon effectively.

“It is necessary to know how to deal with this phenomenon and to benefit from the experience of other countries in dealing with the evolution of social media and the fact that citizens have become both senders and receivers of media messages,” he explained.

Furthermore, Ibrahim stated that the NCHR's recently released report covers a critical period in Egypt’s history and provides a comprehensive overview of the human rights situation in Egypt.

He added that the report highlights the points of strength and weakness and areas requiring significant government action.

On Sunday, NHCR President Moushira Khattab announced in a press conference the release of the council's 16th annual report for 2020-2023 on the human rights situation in Egypt. 

The report underscores the importance of cooperation among various stakeholders to achieve the Egyptian National Strategy for Human Rights, affirmed Ibrahim.

He described the strategy as a “genuine and clear framework to enhance citizens' lives and address deficiencies related to civil and political rights in the aftermath of the hardships Egypt endured following the 30 June revolution".

Moreover, the strategy, according to Ibrahim, also aims to preserve the citizen’s dignity and improve Egypt's international image, thus supporting the country's development efforts. 

On the National Dialogue, Ibrahim stated that these sessions provide an opportunity for all parties to express their opinions and that the Egyptian state has actively communicated with various stakeholders through multiple channels.

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