Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Egypt still jails journalists for "amateurism"; Canada appeals for a pardon for one its own

Egypt will jail journalists for not “registering” and “reporting false news”.  All of that is covered in a new story on CBS News about the appeal by the Canadian government for a pardon and deportation of Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, as in this link. Fahmy’s attorney Amal Clooney reported on the appeal according to the story. Two other journalists were also sentences to three years in prison.

All of this makes me wonder if “amateur” bloggers or journalists, visiting Egypt for personal tourism, to visit the Pyramids, could be detained for what they have published worldwide on the Internet before arriving.  The same concern could exist particularly with Russia and gay issues.  I expect to look into this further.

Wikipedia attribution link for aerial photo of Pyramids by Robster, under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain dedication. Note that the city of Cairo comes up to the edge of the Giza monument grounds.

Update: Sept. 24, 2015

Two journalists have been freed, before Muslim holy days, right at the same time there is a horrible tragedy at the hajj in Saudi Arabia, story

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