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05 Aug 2015 - 07:50:46 pm

French president asked to broach media freedom during Cairo visit - Reporters without borders (press release)

Reporters With Out Borders, a global NGO that defends freedom regarding information, would like to draw the interest to the disturbing state associated with media freedom within Egypt just before the visit to Cairo on six August.

Dear President Hollande,

The retrial regarding 3 Al-Jazeera journalists that began in February had been postponed for that tenth period a few days ago. Even though the Court of Cassation quashed their own convictions within January 2015, the particular three journalists spent a lot much more than 400 days within prison, to the discontent in the international community, and are nevertheless waiting in order to realize their fate.. at least 15 journalists are detained just for covering news developments and attempting to encourage the public debate.

At the end of their first trial, in June 2014, these were offered sentences including seven to always be able to ten years within prison together with 6 additional Al-Jazeera journalists who were attempted throughout absentia. He offers hepatitis and it is inside a critical condition because he could be not getting medical remedy in the prison where he's being held.

Suppressing freedom of knowledge and silencing critical journalists do certainly not help Egypt's transition in order to democracy. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy as well as Baher Mohamed, who possess been released provisionally in February, as well as their Australian colleague Peter Greste, who was simply deported to become able to his country involving origin, are generally accused involving supporting a new terrorist organization along with broadcasting "false news."

Reporters without Borders provides sent your subsequent open letter to French President François Hollande asking him for you to raise the "delicate" issue of freedom of knowledge and in addition the jailing involving journalists when he meets his Egyptian counterpart in your program of an official stop through at Cairo tomorrow.

President François Hollande

At a period when Paris as well as Cairo are generally reinforcing their friendship in addition for you to their economic ties, we hope you will just take benefit of your own visit to enhance the crucial issue involving media freedom, including the particular circumstance associated with the countless imprisoned journalists, with the Egyptian president.

At the joint press conference using US secretary involving state John Kerry on two August, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry claimed that Egypt had not been holding virtually any journalists simply for carrying out his or her job along with that most of the detained journalists have been involved with terrorist activities.

Paris, 4 August 2015

We thanks in advance for that attention you give for you to our request.



Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a new freelance photojournalist identified from the pseudonym of "Shawkan," has invested greater than 700 times inside pretrial detention - among the particular longest durations within the country's history - with out virtually any cost being brought against him. Since quickly as Area Marshall Sisi took power, the government used its offensive against terrorism and furthermore the Muslim Brotherhood as grounds regarding embarking on the ruthless war against journalists that do not toe the official line.

Ranked 158th from 180 countries within the 2015 Reporters without Borders press freedom index, Egypt has become the particular world's fourth biggest prison for journalists, following China, Eritrea and Iran.

55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

We currently shared our concerns with you final November so we regret that human legal rights and, within particular, freedom of knowledge weren't pointed out in the joint statement in which you and also Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi issued in the Elysée Palace.

75008 Paris

Subject: Freedom of data throughout Egypt

Many are languishing within prison awaiting trials where they will could be sentenced in order to long jail terms or even lifestyle imprisonment. France, the nation regarding human rights, cannot neglect the reason for press freedom, the fundamental freedom in any nation that respects the actual rule of law.

Elysée Palace

Christophe Deloire

The trumped-up charge of "belonging in order to or supporting any terrorist organization" will be usually accustomed to gag dissent inside Egypt. Arrested in August 2013 while filming a protest, he wasn't brought prior to any judge until may 2015

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