Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) expresses its concern over the Egyptian court sentencing of Al Jazeera journalist Abdallah al-Shamy to 15 years in prison in absentia as part of the “Rabaa sit-in” case.
The Centre sees the sentence as a part of the ongoing violations against journalists and media workers by the Egyptian authorities.
The Centre also denounces the court’s sentencing of the Egyptian photojournalist, Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as “Shawkan” to five years in prison.
Shawkan has already spent five years in prison despite his medical condition and his need for treatment.
The Egyptian authorities have also renewed the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for the 16th consecutive time by a further 45 days, without trial or formal charges, and refused to comply with the demands of international organizations for his release.
DCMF joins the calls by human rights and media organizations to stop these systematic violations and unfair trials against journalists in Egypt, and calls for unconditional release for all detained journalists. The Centre also urges Egyptian authorities to stop targeting activists, silencing free voices and denying them their right to the freedom of opinion and expression.