Previous Post
Halal or Not: Illegal Immigration
Next Post
National Council for Women Fighting Against Egyptian MP for Misogynistic Statements

3 Egyptian Journalists Arrested and Tortured Over Street Interviews

Egyptian authorities accuse three journalists of supplying pro-MB media agency with 'false reports' about the country.

Three Egyptian journalists were arrested while "conducting street interviews" on Sunday, reports ABC News. 

The defendants' lawyer Fatma Serag told the Associated Press that her clients - Hamdy Mokhtar, Mohammed Hassan, Osama El Bishbishi – were beaten and tasered during interrogation at the hands of police officers. 

Mokhtar, Hassan and Bishbishi are charged with false reporting and membership in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. 

According to Serag, authorities are accusing the journalists of reporting false news to Turkey-based and pro-MB news networks for the purpose of distorting the image of Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's rule.    

The three journalists are currently held in police custody pending further investigation. Serag revealed that the torturing took place at a Garden City police station saying, they were blindfold and questioned by domestic security agents "from the evening of Sept 26 until the next day." She also revealed that Mokhtar bears "the most visible signs of torture." 

"They are neither members of nor sympathizers with the Brotherhood," Serag said in their defence, adding that the subject of their street interviews was "the strict Islamic dress code for women in public."

She says the "random" arrest came as a result of "a raucous scene that attracted the attention of police deployed outside the nearby Press Syndicate building" after passers-by mocked them for not addressing Sisi's recent speech in which he asked Egyptians to donate their spare change to the government.  

However, Egyptian authorities and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said the latter was the subject of their interviews.

 Egypt has become the world's second-worse jailor of journalists since the crackdown on political dissidents following the controversial ouster of Mohamed Morsi, according to CPJ. 

(Photo: AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Todays Events
Off RedBull Fel Share3  @ CJC 610
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: Cairo Jazz Club 610
Endurance Festival @ Sahl Hasheesh
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 12:00pm -
Venue: Sahl Hasheesh
Aly Goede  @  The Tap Maadi
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: The Tap Maadi
Cairo Cinema Days 2
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Venue: Cairo
El Gouna International Squash Open 2018
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: El Gouna
AKM Jackies Night @   The Tap East
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: The Tap East
Boogie Night ft. Ramy DJunkie @ CJC
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: Cairo Jazz Club
Samaa3 Hoss @ Underground
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 10:00pm - 2:00am
Venue: UnderGround