[ View the story "Egypt's press freedom at risk?" on Storify] Egypt's press freedom at risk? The Stream discusses growing challenges to press freedom since the revolution.
The Stream· Tue, Feb 11 2014 10:28:14
Since the military took power, at least five journalists have been killed, 30 assaulted, and 11 news outlets were raided,
to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Last year, over 40 journalists were detained and at least five remain behind bars. This
Egypt one of the most dangerous nations for journalists worldwide. Some fear the country is backsliding into military censorship.
One example involves the recent
of journalist Belal Fadl from the newspaper Al-Shorouk. The paper had refused to publish an article critical of Defence Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's
. Fadl wrote on Twitter:
@belalfadl: "My articles have not been censored during the times of Mubarak, Tantawi and Morsi. This is the first time that one of my articles has been censored for being critical of Sisi. Even before Sisi becomes president."
لم يتم منع مقال لي في عهود مبارك وطنطاوي ومرسي وهذه هي أول مرة يمنع لي فيها مقال ينتقد السيسي قبل حتى أن تكتمل مراسم تنصيب السيسي رئيساBelal Fadl
The controversial article was later
online. Twitter users commented on the incident:
Well done, Military! I'm sure none of @belalfadl's 1.5 Million followers will notice that his article has been banned. Subtle, smart. #EgyptOmar Kamel
The discussion on Egyptian press freedom further gained momentum in December 2013 when three Al Jazeera journalists were
have since condemned their detention. Fellow reporters started an online campaign calling for the release of the journalists using
The staff at @AJStream stand with our colleagues detained in #Egypt & call for their immediate release #FreeAJstaff
The Al Jazeera employees Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed will be
on February 20 on charges including spreading false news and aiding a terrorist organisation. They had reported on the Muslim Brotherhood, which the military
a terrorist organisation in December.
"You're either with us or against us." #Egypt declares war on #pressfreedom. Journalists guilty until proven innocent
@AJStream The detention of journalist is a red herring and an ostensible way to systematically ensure self-censorship,period!#FreeAJStaffBataung Matsau
Avi Lewis: loss of freedoms in #egypt after gains of 2011 is enraging. Free expression is contagious; so is self-censorship. #FreeAJStaffStephanie MacLellan
Prior to the military coup last July, Egypt's media landscape became increasingly
in pro- and anti-government camps. A video
last October shows Egyptian army officers debating on how to control the news media months before the take over.
رصد| خاص | السيسي : المتحدث العسكري عامل جذب مهم للسيدات .. وخطة الجيش للسيطرة علي وسائل الإعلامrnnnews1
Egypt now is passing very critical period in the recent history ,I can not imagine how the government frees the Media in a country without elected authorities ,We remember how the Media played main role of topple the ex -president Mursy .I think the government must control the Media because we are in transition stage to realize the stability and security .Salah Muhamad
@AJStream Every authoritarian government understands the importance of controlling the media. Command the mouth and you command the words.Carlos Lwanga
Are you a journalist in Egypt? Has it become more difficult to do your job?The Stream
@ajstream Absolutely, you know the interim regime in Egypt is Military, so definately journalism will be affected.Abdulmaleek Idrees
In Egypt, how free is the press? What stories do you think are not being told there? #FreeAJStaffThe Stream
@AJStream current leadership controls press in order to hide their crimes.i mean Mobarak regime,MB n Sisi...all r the same in this caseBeáta Hend Rocska
While Morsi's efforts to
his critics were mostly
, press freedom advocates said the military operated efficiently in comparison. In the night following the July coup, the Muslim Brotherhood-run Misr25 and four other pro-Morsi Islamist TV stations were
off the air
#FreeAJStaff and support my misr25 tv colleagues unjustly jailed in #Egypt because of #military_coup and @Rassd_News reporters !ツعبدالرحمن عز
@ajstream the #pressfreedom will never change if military government isn't removed.when there is Democracy,there is #pressfreedom.Aysha Binte Mostafiz
Hossam al-Meneai, an Egyptian filmmaker, has been detained by authoritiesأبوساجد
Tmrw: Court hearing for the students who were arrested for discussing politics at a coffee shop:
#Egypt #EgyDetaineesMai El-Sadany
Lawyers getting arrested at police stations for defending protesters is being a trend in counter-revolution #EgyptGigi Ibrahim
Magdy al-Attar, an activist profiled in @TheSquareFilm, said on FB one hour ago that State Security was at his house to arrest him #EgyptLiam Stack
In January Egypt's interior ministry
the government's plan to arrest social media users who incite violence against the police and other citizens.
Egypt: Government will track and arrest social media users who "promote violence and terrorism": 10 arrested so far
An #Iranian saying that now is true for #Egypt : "We do have freedom of expression, we just don't have freedom AFTER expression."Nelly Ali