Skyline Condemns Arrest of Journalist in Egypt for Covering Labor Protests
STOCKHOLM - Skyline condemns the arrest of the Egyptian journalist Ahmed Khalifa by the Egyptian authorities for covering labor protests. Thus, it calls for his immediate release.
In a press release, Skyline said that journalist Ahmed Khalifa, who works at “Masr 360 news site,” was forcibly disappeared about 10 days ago, before his appearance at the Supreme State Security Prosecution, Cairo, Saturday evening.
Skyline has compiled testimonies indicating that Khalifa was summoned to the Fayoum's National Security on January 6. It was alleged that he was summoned to be asked about matters related to his work.
Khalifa was summoned after security forces stormed his family's home in Al-Talath village to arrest him, but he was not there at that time.
Journalist Khalifa was arrested after he covered workers protests against selling the factory of "Delta Chemical Industries and Fertilizers" (Telkha Fertilizer ) company, a state-owned company in Egypt.
Skyline believes that the arrest of Khalifa violates press freedom. It is an example of silencing dissent voices and prohibiting the spread of information. Also, it is a form of severe restrictions against freedom of opinion and expression in Egypt,
In this context, Skyline points out to the continued detention of 33 journalists in Egypt (according to Reporters Without Borders) in light of the repressive policies at an alarming rate. These arbitrary arrests flagrantly violate international conventions that protect journalists and bloggers and the right to disseminate information.
Skyline calls for the immediate release of Khalifa and all journalists arbitrarily detained in Egypt. It also calls upon stopping violating the right to obtain and spread information without restrictions. Finally, it stresses the necessity of respecting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that prohibits restricting public freedoms and freedom of media.