Egyptian journalists say it's more of same

June 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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CAIRO, June 19 (UPI) -- Some Egyptian journalists say they're still being harassed by the government months after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

"We've see this all before and it appears to be the same tactics, albeit with a nice 'let's talk' attitude, but this needs to change or we risk a lot of damage to our freedom of expression," a reporter who asked to remain unnamed said in a Bikya Masr report Sunday.

Military officials recently questioned two prominent Egyptian journalists after they published an article about human rights abuses in the country.

One of them, social activist and blogger Hossam al-Hamalawy, was required to provide all documents in his possession pertaining to human rights abuses.

Saturday, two Egyptian journalists, Rasha Azab, of the independent weekly newspaper al-Fagr, and its editor-in-chief, Adel Mammouda, were told to appear before a military prosecutor to discuss articles they wrote about alleged torture and abuse in post-uprising Egypt.

International human rights groups claim the Egyptian military continues to torture people and make arbitrary arrests. The Egyptian military said it has detained more than 7,000 people since Mubarak's regime was ousted Feb. 11.

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