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56 violations against Egyptian journalists in 3 months

Journalists take part in a protest outside the Syndicate of Journalists in Cairo, Egypt (AFP/File)

Fifty-six violations were committed by the Egyptian authorities against journalists and media workers during the third quarter of 2017 across various governorates in Egypt, the human rights organisation Journalists Against Torture (JAT) has announced.

Almesryoon quoted JAT as saying that there are other violations which the organisation was not able to document.

The report detailed 22 cases that were covered in the press, nine who had to pay fines, six verbal threats, four false indictments, three cases of torture, three prison sentences, three temporary suspensions of work, two arrests and indictments, a printing ban case, and a harassment.

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The report detected 29 violations against workers.

Twenty other violations reported were committed against Egyptian private newspaper staff, two against news and electronic media workers, three against the employees of Egyptian government channels, and two others against employees at Egyptian national newspapers.

Government bodies and officials have topped JAT’s violators list. According to the report, government officials have committed 20 violations against journalists, 19 of which were committed by government judicial bodies.

“There are eight violations that were committed by civilians against media workers, six by the Egyptian interior ministry, one by press organisations and institutions, and others by security forces,” the report said.

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