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Struggle continues for Egypt's press


Five years after popular protests force Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to resign, Egypt is among the world's worst jailers of journalists. Since January 1, four people are sentenced for "publishing false news," five others are referred to trial, and two others are detained. Photojournalist Mahmoud "Shawkan" Abou Zeid, pictured, remains in prison more than 900 days after his arrest covering a protest.

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Leaders of Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate referred to trial

Journalists carry Yehia Qallash, the head of the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate, on their shoulders at a May 4, 2016, protest at the Journalists' Syndicate in centralCairo. (Reuters)

Washington, May 31, 2016 -- Egyptian prosecutors should drop all charges against leaders of the country's Journalists' Syndicate and cease harassing them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained syndicate chair Yehia Qallash and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim for more than 12 hours for interrogation on Sunday, freeing them on Monday, pending trial, according to the syndicate and news reports.

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Journalist covering protests in Egypt jailed for two years

Washington, May 16, 2016--A criminal court in Cairo sentenced Ali Abdeen, a photographer for the news website El-Fagr, to two years in jail, according to his outlet. Abdeen, who was sentenced on May 14 alongside 50 others, was convicted of inciting illegal protests, obstructing traffic, and publishing false news, according to news reports and the local press freedom group, Journalists Against Torture Observatory.

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Egyptian court recommends death penalty for three journalists

Washington, May 11, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned an Egyptian court's recommendation to sentence three journalists to death. They were convicted of helping to smuggle secret documents to Qatari intelligence officers and the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera. The journalists include two Al-Jazeera employees.

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Egyptian government clash with Journalists Syndicate marks turning point in censorship fight

Journalists carry Yehia Qallash, head of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, at a protest against restrictions on the press in Cairo on May 4. (Reuters)

A standoff this week between Egyptian authorities and the country's influential Journalists Syndicate could mark a turning point in the fight for media control that has raged since before President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office.

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Egypt police raid Journalists' Syndicate, arrest two journalists

Egyptian journalists protest the arrest of their colleagues at the General Prosecutor's office in central Cairo, April 28, 2016 (Mohammed Abdel Ghany/Reuters)

New York, May 2, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately release Amr Badr, Mahmoud al-Sakka, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on Sunday raided the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo, where the two were staging a sit-in protest, and arrested them, according to their employer and news reports. Today prosecutors ordered the journalists detained for 15 days of investigation on charges of "spreading false news," "endangering national security," and "organizing illegal protests," according to news reports.

May 2, 2016 4:27 PM ET

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The Struggle for Candid Interviews

Inside a four-room apartment in Antakya, Turkey, a town on the border with Syria, more than a dozen men sat on mattresses on the floor. It was just past 10 p.m. and the soldiers, all men in the Free Syrian Army, the rebel opposition group in Syria, were busy coordinating their next trip into the country. The sound of metal clinking emanated from a back room where younger recruits were assembling Kalashnikovs and shoulder-fired missiles.

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

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CPJ concerned by reports of Egyptian accusations against Reuters

New York, April 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports in the Egyptian media that authorities have accused Reuters of "spreading false news" in a report on the death of an Italian student. The press reports could not be verified and Reuters said it had not received notification of legal action.

April 22, 2016 5:09 PM ET

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Journalists injured, harassed covering protests in Egypt

A police officer stands guard at protests in central Cairo, April 15, 2016 (Reuters/Amr Abdallah)

New York, April 15, 2016 -- Egyptian police should cease harassing journalists and ensure they can do their jobs safely, including at demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Egyptian editor, press freedom advocate faces arrest

New York, April 5, 2016 - Egyptian prosecutors should immediately drop criminal charges against editor and press freedom advocate Khaled El-Balshy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

April 5, 2016 2:02 PM ET

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