23 violations against Egyptian journalists in March, says Arab Media Freedom Monitor

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On Wednesday, the Arab Observatory for Media Freedom reported that it documented 23 violations against journalists in Egypt in March. According to the rights group, the number of journalists imprisoned in Egypt has reached 45. Some of them are inmates of the infamous Bad Prison. Authorities continue to bypass the law by continuing to imprison journalists despite there being no evidence of any wrongdoing, it added.
Arab Media Freedom MonitorOn Wednesday, the Arab Observatory for Media Freedom issued a report stating that it documented 23 violations against journalists in Egypt in March. According to the rights group, the number of journalists imprisoned in Egypt has reached 45. Some of them are inmates of the infamous Bad Prison. Authorities continue to bypass the law by continuing to imprison journalists despite there being no evidence of any wrongdoing, it added.

Human Rights Watch has stated that it was gathering data regarding the treatment of political inmates in Egypt’s infamous Badr Prison. There are indications of serious violations that require investigations, said Amr Magdy, a researcher at the human rights group. Local and international human rights groups have expressed concern about the flagrant human rights violations at Badr Prison, explaining that recent news of repeated suicide attempts by prisoners compounds their problems. They called on the international community, including Egypt’s influential allies, to demand transparency from the Egyptian government regarding prison conditions in the country. They also called for the International Committee of the Red Cross and independent human rights groups to be allowed to inspect prisons and to open separate investigations into allegations of serious wrongdoing.

Since the transfer of prisoners to the newly constructed Badr Prison began in June 2022, they added at least four deaths had been reported, including three cases of medical negligence. They also documented various forms of torture that prisoners are subjected to, including exposure to bright lights 24 hours a day, deprivation of food, electric shocks, and sexual harassment, in addition to depriving prisoners of visits and denying them the right to communicate with their lawyers. “Despite the Egyptian government’s repeated claims of reform and the promotion of Badr Prison as a model for renewal and modernization, these violations continue unabated, and perpetrators enjoy complete impunity,” they said.