Category : Hosni Mubarak

Two years on, what’s happened to Egypt’s dream of religious freedom?

Egyptians who took to the streets in mass protests in January 2011 demanding the downfall of Mubarak’s authoritarian regime were rebelling — amongst other things — against restrictions on their civil liberties and infringement on their rights. Religious minorities, like Coptic Christians and Baha’is, who participated in the January 2011, 18- day mass uprising had hoped that toppling Egypt’s oppressive regime would usher in a new era of greater freedom of expression and equality. More than two years on, many of them say it has not. Under Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s Coptic Christians (who make up an estimated 12 per cent of the population) often complained of discrimination. They could not build or renovate churches without a presidential decree, never reached [...]

Two years on, what’s happened to Egypt’s dream of religious freedom?

Egyptians who took to the streets in mass protests in January 2011 demanding the downfall of Mubarak’s authoritarian regime were rebelling — amongst other things — against restrictions on their civil liberties and infringement on their rights. Religious minorities, like Coptic Christians and Baha’is, who participated in the January 2011, 18- day mass uprising had […]

Egypt: Authorities freeze new satellite TV station licenses

Military rulers in Egypt have frozen licenses for new private satellite TV stations, claiming they are inciting violence in an “increasingly chaotic media scene.” Activists are claiming that these restrictions on freedom of expression are similar to those put in place under President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s previous governments had imprisoned journalists for their coverage of his […]

Egypt: Judge bans cameras for remainder of Mubarak’s trial

An Egyptian judge has banned state-owned TV cameras from filming the rest of Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Even though state TV cameras were allowed in the courtroom for the first two hearings, Judge Ahmed Rifaat made the decision to ban live coverage before witnesses testify in court “in protection of the general interest”. According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, the decision was met with […]

Route to revolution

Digital activism has long been a way of life in Egypt; from monitoring political corruption to protesting against police brutality Egypt has always been one of the fastest and most enthusiastic cultures in the Middle East to embrace technology. Activist Egyptian bloggers such as Wael Abbas made their reputation by posting incendiary videos showing endemic […]

Egypt: Protesters move from euphoria to fury

I watched President Hosni Mubarak’s speech Thursday night from Tahrir Square, where a live broadcast of Al Jazeera was being projected onto a sheet hanging from some lamp-posts. The sound was terrible, so it was hard to hear too much of what he was actually saying, but really that didn’t matter too much. Even without […]

Pro-Mubarak violence shows why protests happened in first place

The internet suddenly came back up this morning, which means that flood of amateur video uploads I predicted should really start flowing today. But anybody who thought the return of the net meant some sort of softening of President Hosni Mubarak’s stance was quickly disillusioned. Angry pro-Mubarak demonstrations have been marching throughout the city since […]

Egyptian blogger released after four years in jail

Online free expression activists around the world are rejoicing at the news that jailed Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer has been freed and had returned to his family’s Alexandria home. Amer won the Hugo Young Award for Journalism at the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards in 2007. Amer’s four-year jail sentence actually ended on […]

Ashraf Khalil: Editor’s prediction comes to pass

Ashraf Khalil: Editor’s prediction comes to pass

Editor’s prediction comes to pass

Ibrahim Eissa, the iconic editor-in-chief of Egypt’s al Dostour daily newspaper, practically telegraphed his own professional demise. In a column last week, discussing the recent shutdown of a satellite news programme, Eissa made ominous predictions about a looming press crackdown. Parliamentary elections are coming this autumn with a presidential vote next year. President Hosni Mubarak […]

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 […]