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Stockholm - Skyline International calls on Egyptian authorities to stop "political retaliation" against media professionals after a court ruled to put 33 media professionals on the so-called "terrorist lists in Egypt." Skyline International stresses that these practices violate both the rights enshrined in the Egyptian constitution and the rules of international law, and reflect the serious decline in freedom of opinion and expression in the country.

In a statement issued today (Tuesday), Skyline expresses concern over the Cairo Criminal Court's decision to add 33 journalists to the "terror lists" on April 21, 2023, along with 81 other journalists, political activists, and human rights advocates, as part of ongoing efforts to stifle opposition media.

In a statement issued today (Tuesday), Skyline expresses concern over the Cairo Criminal Court's decision to add 33 journalists to the "terror lists" on April 21, 2023, along with 81 other journalists, political activists, and human rights advocates, as part of ongoing efforts to stifle opposition media.

The international human rights foundation "Skyline" points out that this is the first list to contain such a big number of media workers who work for websites and channels that are critical of the government. In order to prosecute them and halt their media activities, the so-called terrorist lists were preceded by many lists that also included other media professionals, resulting in the inclusion of dozens of journalists and media workers today.

Skyline, for its part, emphasizes that what is happening to Egyptian media workers and their families violates the legal provisions that guarantee personal freedom and the significance of their protection, as well as the fact that the Egyptian prosecution violates the Criminal Procedure Law, which forbids precautionary arrests of people in all cases that exceed two years. Skyline also stresses that these practices violate the rules of international law, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Skyline ends its statement by urging the Egyptian government to change its policies that violate the rights of media professionals. It also stresses the need to stop all violations of their fundamental rights and push for people to be able to go about their daily lives without fear of being threatened or persecuted. It emphasizes how crucial it is for international action, spearheaded by the United Nations and the European Parliament, to put pressure on the Egyptian government to stop its punitive actions and stop continuing to persecute campaigners for political, social, and human rights.