Category : Ibrahim Eissa

Journalists defiant despite fears of return to Egypt’s bad old days

A recent crackdown on journalists and opposition activists has increased fears that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will use tactics similar to his ousted predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, to silence dissent. Earlier this month, a group of activists spraying anti-Muslim Brotherhood graffiti on the ground outside the headquarters of the Islamist group’s political party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), were attacked by plain clothes security guards and Muslim Brotherhood supporters with sticks and chains. Journalists who were at the scene, covering a meeting between Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Hamas officials were also assaulted by the guards. A journalist working for independent newspaper Yom El Sabe’ was arrested and detained for several hours, and one cameraman sustained head injuries, and had his equipment confiscated. [...]

Winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

The 11th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards were presented tonight (24 March) at a ceremony in London hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby

Keynote speech: Howard Jacobson speaks out for scepticism

Free Expression Awards 2011: Journalism

Awards judge Lindsey Hilsum introduces the nominees for the Guardian Journalism award “In the era of new media, some might think traditional journalism is yesterday’s story, but this year’s entries prove that’s not so. Today’s facebookers and tweeters are building on the bravery and dedicated investigative skills of old-school journalists, many of whom still face […]

Egypt: press union will appeal Eissa sentence

Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Eissa has been sentenced to two months imprisonment. But the case is far from over. Index on Censorship reports

Egypt’s witch-hunt

Journalist Ibrahim Eissa faces a prison sentence for his criticism of President Mubarak. The government’s intention to intimidate the free press is all too clear, writes Amira Howeidy On 26 March a Cairo court sentenced Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the independent Al Dostour newspaper, to six months in prison for publishing a series of articles […]