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Skyline International strongly condemns the arrest of journalist Karim Asaad by Egyptian authorities. The arrest of Asaad, a member of the "Matsda2sh" platform, highlights a troubling trend of suppressing independent journalism and curtailing freedom of expression in Egypt. It is deeply concerning that Asaad's involvement in disseminating information about the hijacked plane in Zambia has led to his detention, as it reflects an unjustifiable infringement on the rights of journalists to report and discuss matters of public interest.

In a statement released today (Sunday), Skyline reports that "Egyptian security forces stormed journalist Asaad's home in the town of Al-Shorouk at two o'clock this morning, beat and insulted him and his wife, and threatened them with their son.

Asaad's wife says that ''security forces confiscated all computers and cell phones in the house, as well as an amount of 8,000 Egyptian pounds and jewelry.''

Asaad's wife confirmed that a group of security guards attacked her husband in connection with the interrogation by the security guards and took him to the office room, where they faorced him to open the devices. They caught him and left the apartment, the woman said.

Skyline states that this attack raises serious concerns regarding the violation of human rights and international conventions that protect freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

According to media reports, not only Asaad had been arrested, but also the rest of the team, currently in Egypt, had been pressured and persecuted by security forces since Friday night for reporting on the plane seized in Zambia.

Skyline emphasizes that freedom of expression and the press are essential components of a democratic society and are protected under various international instruments, such as Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. These provisions recognize the right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers.

Moreover, Skyline states that the reported act of forcibly entering Karim Asaad's home, physically assaulting him and his wife, as well as threatening them and their child, are clear violations of their fundamental human rights. Such actions contradict the principles of human dignity, the right to security, and the prohibition of torture and cruel treatment, as outlined in international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

At the end of its statement The Human Rights Foundation "Skyline" stresses that It is crucial that governments respect and protect the rights of journalists and ensure their safety and freedom to carry out their work without fear of reprisals or violence. Journalists play a vital role in promoting transparency, accountability, and the free flow