Thursday, July 4, 2013

Egypt's New Authorities raid Al-Jazeera, close TV stations



As the military consolidates power in Egypt, prospects for media freedom do not appear too encouraging. The military-led government shut three TV stations known to be sympathetic to the deposed Islamic Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi. There was also a raid on the offices of Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian news service channel and journalists were briefly detained.

Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF) called on the military to implement the roadmap General Abdel Fatah Al-Sissi had outlined on July 3, and to ensure the new constitution respects human rights including freedom of information.

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