AFTE’s Newsletter: August 2022

Date : Thursday, 1 September, 2022
Facebook
Twitter
During August, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) monitored the state and problems of freedom of thought and expression in Egypt. Through its various units’ activities, AFTE issued statements and reports that take a deeper look at some of the issues of freedom of thought and expression currently raised and provided legal aid in cases related to freedom of thoughts and expression.

1. Publications: 

The quarterly report The call for dialogue does not stop the oppression reviews and analyzes the general policies of the Egyptian authorities and their various agencies towards the right to freedom of thought and expression in its various forms, specifically freedom of the press and media, freedom of creativity and artistic expression, freedom of digital expression, academic freedoms, and student rights. as AFTE monitors and documents violations in these domains and provides necessarily legal aid.
Forbidden criticism .. Does Mido deserve accountability and punishment? paper monitors and analyzes media reports that tackled the statements of sports journalist and former footballer Ahmed Hossam (Mido), which the Medical Syndicate considered offensive to doctors. The paper also analyzes the rulings of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) in Egypt in terms of interpreting the right to freedom of expression.

3. Joint Statements: 

AFTE undersigned the following statement in August:

Joint Statement of 28 Civil society organizations condemn the continued blocking of Al-Manassa’s website and call on the Egyptian authorities to lift the blocking of dozens of news websites where AFTE and civil society organizations condemned the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of three links to access the Al-Manassa website, and called on call on the authorities to lift the blocking of Al-Manassa, stop its repeated targeting, and bring to an end the censorship imposed on other news websites.
– Statement Egypt: Immediately release ten Nubians arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia for over two years and suspend their trial where the undersigned organizations call on the Saudi authorities to release the detainees immediately, and we denounce in the harshest terms the denial of the Egyptian citizens’ right to a fair trial and their prosecution in an exceptional court that does not provide minimum due process guarantees.

3. Letters: 

In its letter to the Medical Syndicate, AFTE calls on the Medical Syndicate and its head to review their position on Mido’s statements, withdraw the complaints they submitted against him, and discuss the criticism objectively, thus enriching the climate of freedom of opinion and opening new spaces for discussion and expression, away from security punishment.

4. Legal Aid: 

 

– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Ahmed Moussa Abdel Khaleq’s detention for 15 days
– Criminal Court renews student Estshhad Kamal Rezk’s detention for 45 days
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews student El-Amir Fahim Ahmed’s detention for 15 days
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews journalist Mohamed Fawzy Mosaad’s detention for 15 days
– Criminal Court renews Ahmed Hassanein Mohamed Moussa’s detention for 45 days
– For posting a Tik Tok video; the Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Gamal Mohamed Salama’s detention for 15 days
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of student Eslam Nagdy for 15 days, for participating in Batman Helwan event
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of journalist Mohamed Gomaa Mubarak for 15 days
– Journalist Mohamed Gomaa Mubarak released
– For the 8th time; The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Tv presenter Hala Fahmy’s detention for 15 days
– Criminal Court renews the detention of journalist Medhat Ramadan for 45 days
– For the 5th time; Supreme State Security Prosecution renews El-Hussaini Farghaly’s detention for 15 days for posting videos about Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Ahmed Ashry Elsayed’s detention for 15 days
– Despite exceeding 3 years in pretrial detention; criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews journalist Mohamed Fawzy Mosaad’s detention for 15 days
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews student El-Amir Fahim Ahmed’s detention for 15 days for posting TikTok videos
– The Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of four students for participating in Batman Helwan event
– Administrative Judiciary Court to examine the two lawsuits demanding broadcasting the sessions of the house of representatives and the Senate on October 23
– Zagazig Criminal Court renews Omar Al-Hout’s pretrial detention for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews Amr Abdel-Moneim’s detention for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews Marwa Arafa’s detention for 45 days; Despite exceeding maximum pretrial detention period
– South Sharqia Prosecution detains Mossab Arafat for 15 days
– Criminal Court adjourns Ahmed Maher Ezzat’s detention hearing to August 28
– Criminal Court renews the detention of Ahmed Adel and Fahmy Mohamed for 45 days
–  Criminal Court adjourns Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Halim’s detention hearing to August 29
– Criminal Court renews El-Hussaini Farghaly’s detention for 45 days for posting videos about Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
– Criminal Court renews Elsayed Mohamed Hagras’s detention for 45 days
– Sharqia Criminal Court acquits Abdel-Azim Mohamed Saeed
– Administrative Judiciary Court adjourns hearing of appeal against dismissing detainee student Omar Ali from Thebes Institute to September 25
– Criminal Court renews Ahmed Maher Ezzat’s detention for 45 days pending his second case
– Criminal Court renews Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Halim’s detention for 45 days pending his second case
– Criminal Court renews Wessam Salah’s detention for 45 days
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews student El-Amir Fahim Ahmed’s detention for 15 days for posting TikTok videos
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of four students for participating in Batman Helwan event
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews journalist Mohamed Fawzy Mosaad’s detention for 15 days over Facebook posts
– Criminal Court renews Mahmoud Hanfy Mohamed’s detention for 45 days
– Administrative Judiciary Court admits Manar Al-Tantawy’s appeal and annuls negative decision not to grant her professorship
– Criminal Court renews journalist Rabea Elsheikh’s detention for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews Journalist Tawfiq Ghanem’s detention for 45 days

licensed under a Creative Commons license Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)