Egyptian Court Orders Media Gag on Trial of Protesters Arrested During Islands Demonstration

Egyptian Court Orders Media Gag on Trial of Protesters Arrested During Islands Demonstration

Demonstrators on 25 April. Photo: Salma El Saeed
Demonstrators on 25 April. Photo: Salma El Saeed

An Egyptian court has imposed a media gag on the trial of protesters arrested during 25 April protests against Egypt’s recent decision to declare the islands of Tiran and Sanafir as Saudi Arabian.

The court in Dokki, which saw 86 people arrested last week for protesting without a permit on trial, ordered a complete media gag on the case. According to Al-Ahram, the detainees also face charges of joining a terrorist organization, likely in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to Reuters, 237 people are on trial for protesting against the decision on 25 April. Egyptian Streets could not independently verify Reuters’ report, which quotes ‘sources’ as saying that the 237 appeared in four different courts in Cairo and Giza charged with protesting without a permit.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch says that up to 382 people were arrested during the recent demonstrations.

The 25 April protests were largely scattered and quickly broken up by security forces. While many demonstrations were against the decision, some were held in downtown Cairo in support of President Sisi and the transfer of the islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt President of UN Security Council in May
Thousands of Egyptian Copts Flock to Jerusalem for Holy Fire Ceremony

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News

Hepatitis C clinic in Menoufia does research on the causes and treatment of Type 4 Hepatitis C. Credit: Diocese of Egypt

Egypt Makes Progress in Curing Hepatitis C by Reducing Drug Price: WHO

Aswat MasriyaOctober 27, 2016
Photo: UIPM World

Egypt Lands 36 Medals at Modern Pentathlon Championships

Egyptian StreetsOctober 27, 2016
Egypt's President Sisi smiles as young volunteers take a "selfie" with him during the closing session of Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh 15 March 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt Retreats 52 Spots in Global Youth Development Index

Egyptian StreetsOctober 26, 2016
egypt israel border

Israeli Teen Killed by Gunfire Along Egypt’s Border

Egyptian StreetsOctober 26, 2016
iskandarani alexandrani

Detained Egyptian Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Journalism Prize

Aya NaderOctober 26, 2016
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt’s Military Likely to Reduce its Role in Egyptian Economy Within 3 Years: PM Ismail

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016
Photo: Youm7

Egypt’s Interior Ministry Warns Against Schemes to ‘Incite Chaos’ Ahead of Planned Protests

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016

Egypt’s First National Youth Conference Launched

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.