- Palestinian journalist Sameh al-Titi arrested by Israeli authorities, held without charge
- At least 250 journalists jailed worldwide for fourth straight year
- China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists
- US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship
- Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport
- One journalist killed, another missing amid protests in Iraq
- Unprecedented government control of media in Hungary
- Duterte threatens to shut down Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN
- CPJ to release annual list of journalists imprisoned worldwide
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- Iraq : Another Iraqi journalist killed, third since start of protests
- Police close radio station, detain radio technician in northern DRC
- Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2019
- Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison
- German Constitutional Court hearing on journalists’ and RSF’s complaint against the BND law
- Albanian authorities pursue highly problematic media laws despite public outcry
- RSF warns against the selection of journalists in Hong Kong
OPC Protests Egypt Press Abuses
The scale and ferocity of the attacks on Egyptian and foreign journalists in the last few days is unprecedented, even in these times when dictators and criminals around the world are attacking the press with seeming impunity.
The Mubarak agents and allies who have been beating and arresting journalists, stealing or wrecking their equipment, may have succeeded in blocking the transmission of some pictures, but they certainly have not succeeded in preventing the world from knowing what is happening in Egypt. They have only succeeded in blackening the reputation of an already notorious regime.
For years, the Freedom of the Press Committee of the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) has been active and vocal in its criticisms of the Mubarak government’s hostility to free expression. The brutal methods that the Mubarak government has used in relative secrecy for decades to suppress freedom and democracy are now plainly visible to the whole world. The committee, like the other members of the OPC, some of whom are now operating under unconscionable restrictions in Egypt, is disgusted and outraged by these senseless actions of a dying regime.
Since 2007, we have written nine letters to President Mubarak protesting abuses of the press in Egypt. In the most recent letter, dated October 27, 2010, we deplored “the mounting efforts of your government to suppress freedom of the media in Egypt. As the parliamentary elections in November draw nearer, the attacks on the press seem to accelerate so that little room remains for criticism or even open discussion, which are fundamental to democratic elections.” We have never received an answer to any of these letters.