Rights groups and political parties declare solidarity with Mada Masr

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Human rights groups and political parties have expressed solidarity with Mada Masr journalists under investigation by the Public Prosecutor against the background of complaints submitted by the Nation’s Future Party against the independent news website.

Amnesty International called on the Public Prosecution Office to close the investigations, describing them as politically motivated and attacking the remaining independent media in Egypt. Reporters Without Borders declared solidarity with the editor-in-chief of Mada Masr, Lina Atallah, and journalists Rana Mamdouh, Bissan Kassab, and Sarah Seif El-Din. The network also demanded their immediate and unconditional release. The Committee to Protect Journalists considered that such harassment demonstrates the insistence of the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi government on punishing journalists for their work. The Bread and Freedom Party expressed solidarity with the journalists, saying that the attack was a continuation of violating citizens’ right to know. The Egyptian Front for Human Rights also called on the judicial authorities to end the continuous attacks against journalists and guarantee press freedom.