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 [...]

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 […]

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 […]