Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Egyptian journalist forced into hiding

Abdul-Jalil Al-Sharnouby, a member of the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists (EJS), and editor in chief of the official Muslim Brotherhood website, has been forced to go into hiding after his house was raided twice by security forces, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said in a press release Tuesday.

Through EJS, Al-Sharnouby has asserted that security forces invaded his home twice this year and have confiscated books, paper work and other personal belongings. “It scared my wife and my young daughters,” he said of the raids.

The International Federation of Journalists condemned the Egyptian government’s tactics and has pledged to fully support EJS and its members as they struggle to maintain their right to free speech.

IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said that, “The targeting of media associated with any political group threatens attachment to democratic principles, particularly at election time.”

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