February 4, 2014 |
CAIRO -- A Dutch reporter left Egypt on Tuesday after learning she was one of four foreign journalists accused by Egyptian prosecutors of terrorism-related charges, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said. Dutch diplomats had held talks with Egyptian authorities to ensure that the journalist, Rena Netjes, would not be arrested when she arrived at the airport for her flight out. She arrived back in Amsterdam later Tuesday, and the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that she would “take up her defense from there.” Egypt's military-backed interim government has for months wielded a variety of authoritarian measures aimed at muzzling dissent, and that crackdown has now widened to include the curtailment of media freedoms.
February 3, 2014 |
CAIRO -- The Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday objected strongly to the airing on Egyptian television of a video showing the arrest of two of its journalists, saying the leaked images were a clear attempt to stir up public sentiment against the pair in advance of any trial. The two, Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Australian correspondent Peter Greste, are among 20 Al Jazeera journalists accused by Egyptian prosecutors of supporting or joining a terrorist group.
February 2, 2014 |
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's edgier comics is again dancing close to the precipice. Amid a sweeping crackdown on freedom of expression in Egypt, Bassem Youssef, a political satirist whose brand of humor is often likened to that of Jon Stewart, is bringing his “Daily Show”-style program back to the airwaves this week. Youssef's new season, which was to have begun airing last fall, was yanked from the air after only one show amid editorial differences with the private satellite channel CBC. The show is to resume Friday night on a different outlet, MBC Egypt.
February 1, 2014 |
CAIRO -- Deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was back in court again Saturday, on trial for inciting murder. Morsi, who has been jailed since an army-led coup against him on July 3, faces four separate court proceedings on a number of charges. Several of them carry the death penalty. This case began in November and was adjourned to Jan. 8 after a brief, chaotic hearing during which Morsi and his co-defendants shouted down the judge. The Jan. 8 session was held without the ex-president present; authorities said bad weather had prevented a helicopter flight from his high-security prison.
January 28, 2014 |
CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial Tuesday on charges of orchestrating a prison break in 2011, state media reported. Morsi, who was ousted nearly seven months ago by the army, is facing four separate court proceedings. Although he has been jailed since early July, Tuesday was just his second court appearance. Two earlier sessions of his separate trials were brief and disorderly. In the first, in November, Morsi and his co-defendants on trial on charges of inciting murder shouted angry slogans at the judge, and the session was adjourned after only a few moments.
January 28, 2014 |
CAIRO - It was difficult not to read the courtroom scene Tuesday as political metaphor, or perhaps as political theater: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's ousted Islamist president, pacing and shouting ineffectually in a glassed-in and largely soundproofed defendant's cage. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, made his second court appearance since being deposed by the army in July. This time he was appearing on charges of orchestrating a prison break in 2011 amid the chaos of the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.