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.
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:
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.