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Record number of journalists jailed in Egypt

Egyptian authorities are holding the highest number of journalists behind bars since CPJ began keeping records, according to a prison census the organization conducted on June 1, 2015. Most of the journalists are accused of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Don't think that being in jail is a manly thing, like they show you in the movies," said one imprisoned journalist, Egyptian photographer Shawkan. "Every day in jail, I learn more about subjugations, about injustice."

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CPJ condemns conviction, sentence in Egypt's retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists

New York, August 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of three Al-Jazeera journalists in their retrial in Egypt today. A Cairo court sentenced Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste to three years in prison each for "aiding a terrorist organization," spreading false news, and working without a license, according to news reports. Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months in jail for possession of a spent bullet casing.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt interferes with printing of three newspapers

New York, August 25, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent wave of newspaper censorship in Egypt. Three privately owned newspapers were prevented from going to print or into circulation because of content critical of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, according to news reports.

August 25, 2015 5:05 PM ET

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Egypt's new anti-terrorism law deepens crackdown on the press

New York, August 17, 2015--An anti-terrorism law approved by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi criminalizes basic reporting and gives a broad definition of terrorist crimes that can be used to threaten and imprison journalists. El-Sisi signed the measure into law on Sunday night, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt should release Shawkan, photographer detained for two years

New York, August 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, from prison immediately and drop the baseless allegations against him. By the time of his hearing on Monday, Shawkan will have exceeded the two-year legal limit on pretrial detention, according to his lawyer who spoke to CPJ.

Statements   |   Egypt

In Egypt, verdict expected in trial of Al-Jazeera journalists

New York, July 28, 2015--An Egyptian court is scheduled to issue a verdict on Thursday in the retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste, according to news reports. Greste is being tried in absentia. A court in February ordered the retrial because of lack of evidence leading to the journalists' conviction of "conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood," which the government has banned, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the charges and calls on Egyptian authorities to stop legally harassing journalists.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests press advocate, accuses him of belonging to banned group

Washington, July 24, 2015--Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested the head of a journalists syndicate and accused him of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on the Egyptian government to release Aboubakr Khallaf immediately.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian security forces raid news network offices, arrest director

New York, July 16, 2015--Egyptian security forces have arrested Yahya Khalaf, the director of the privately owned Yaqeen news network, and are holding him under investigation for alleged crimes linked to terrorism, according to the network, a government statement, and news reports.

July 16, 2015 5:02 PM ET

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CPJ urges Egypt to halt legal clampdown on the press

Dear President el-Sisi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt.

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