Egypt Prosecution Orders Arrest of Head of Press Freedom Committee

Egypt Prosecution Orders Arrest of Head of Press Freedom Committee


Egypt’s General Prosecution ordered the arrest of prominent journalist Khaled ElBalshy for “inciting the overthrow of the regime.”

The warrant was issued based on ElBalshy being a “blogger” and not an officially registered journalist in the Press Syndicate, rights lawyer Gamal Eid told Egyptian Streets. For this, the prosecution may hold the arrest.

“There is a focus from authorities to get revenge on journalists,” Eid stated.

The Interior Minister’s assistant for legal affairs had filed a complaint against ElBalshy, accusing him of “calling for protests, disrupting public peace, and insulting the Ministry of Interior and its police forces.”

According to Al-Bedaiah newspaper, whose Editor-in-Chief is ElBalshy, the journalist had not received the arrest warrant himself; rather, it was sent to his home in the Mansoura governorate.

ElBalshy heads the freedoms committee at the Press Syndicate.

Currently, there are 57 journalists behind bars in Egypt, according to the Arabic Network For Human Rights Information.

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Aya Nader is a journalist based in Egypt, published in Open Democracy, Daily News Egypt, Al-Ahram Weekly, and Brownbook among others. She is an MA candidate in International Relations at the American University in Cairo.

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